Yeah, this is a total turnaround for Kansas, but
You have to admire their ambition. They used some
outside writers, brought in Pink Floyd/ Alice
Cooper producer Bob Ezrin and made a pretty interesting
record. I find myself drawn to it once a year or so,
and I'm always satisfied after I've listened. Steve
Morse shines; more than he did on "Power" as this album
has more nuance and layers than anything else they've
done. Yes, as someone else noted, there is a dated sound
to much of the production, but that's not neccesarily a
bad thing. I mean, "Exile On Main Street" sounds "dated"
too. "The Preacher", "House On Fire" and "One Big Sky" are
all among Kansas best recordings. But forget "Leftoverture"
and "Point Of No Return". This band has little in common
with those records, and it's a refreshing and challenging
difference, in my mind.