Reviewed by MJBrady on 23 Jul 2002
Audio Visions marks the end of the bands original line-up. The band seemed to be searching for a new identity apart from what found them success on previous albums. Here they adopted more of an arena rock format that was coincidently the theme of mainstream musics of this era. The bands progressive forte does seep in and out of the songs, but now are kept to smaller segments, sacrificing the bands reputation for their instruental outbursts for the vocal antics of Walsh and Steinhardt. This is not at all a bad album, and certainly deserves recognition as one of the bands more successful releases in terms of sales, as two songs - Got To Rock On, & Hold On, garnered their fare share of radio play. These songs were almost an attempt to replicate Dust in the Wind, and Point of Know Return, and in a sense showed the band following old formulas, rather than reinvention. There are much more interesting songs on the album, as was always the case for much of Kansas' music, as they were always better known for their 'hits', than the more significant progressive musics they produced. Song highlights on this record from a progressive standpoint are :Curtain of Iron, Loner, Don't open your Eyes, No one Together, No Room For a Stranger. These song represent all of the bands strengths, and show them in great form, in fact this may well be the last album that Walsh's voice sounded so strong. Unfortunatly, after this release, the band went through a series of personnel changes, they always brought top talenty into the band, but were never able to maintain the magic that seemed to propagate so naturally from it's original members.