Reviewed by MJBrady on 21 Feb 2002
Along with Leftoverture, POKR, rates as one of Kansas' most successful albums from a sales standpoint. When the average music listener speaks of Kansas, songs from this cd are always mentioned, Dust in the Wind, and Point of Know Return, got more than a little radio play. What is offered between those tracks however were to the progressive rock fan, the jewels on the album. The record was a concept album, meant to be listened to in it's entireity, so to appreciate just the two popular songs is to listen out of context to what the band was intending. Those who patiently listened to the album from start to finish found that Kansas really was a band that was original, innovative, intelligent, talented, and philosophical. The music has a feel of classical mixed with rock, the use of doubled keyboards, and/or doubled guitars, violins, and traditional rhythm section, along with the beautifully matched vocals of Walsh, and Steinhardt, gave Kansas a sound that was all of their own. The moods would ebb and flow, from peaceful ballads like Dust in the wind, Hopelessly Human. To the more intense and complex pieces like Lightnings' Hand, The Spider, which display the bands instrumental prowess. Other songs incorporate the many facets of the bands overall identity, melding many influences to the compositions. Kansas, like Yes, were a band that, through their discography, had some fantastic progressive rock moments, and some not, when you consider adding them to your collection of progressive music, stick with the bands first five albums. Reason being, personel changes, and writing duties were changing hands, and some identity changes were taking place, sadly the music changed to a more pop/rock oriented feel of later albums, some good moments on each album, but not to the magnitude of the bands more focused and sincere work through the early part of their existence.