The severely maligned "In the spirit of things" is actually my 4th favorite Kansas album, behind the Debut, Leftoverture, and Point of Know Return (In that order).
Apparently from the music and liner notes, the band went for a late 80's-early 90's Hair Metal sound-Which is fine, seeing as that style ruled the airwaves back then. The absence of Robbie Steinhardt's fiddle may be a downer for some, and It's understandable that some fans of older Kansas didn't find this era appealing, but for me personally I don't mind it one bit.
Every song is a highlight (I can't mention 'em all!), from the anthemic "One big sky", Great Upbeat rockers "House on fire", and the two ballads "Once in a lifetime" and "Stand beside me" are incredibly heartfelt, and NOT cheesy as some reviewers have stated. The masterful "Bells of Saint" builds up perfectly, with a fine keyboard mainframe too.
"In the spirit of things" truly didn't deserve it's dismal fate. (Fifteen years later it still has yet to go gold.) I've heard this record and "Power" (Kansas 2 Albums recorded for MCA) may go out of print soon, so don't hesitate or you'll miss out on this Unheralded classic.