Reviewed by Eric on 28 Sep 2003
For many Kansas fans Monolith was somewhat of a letdown, and admittedly the
musical ideas presented on this album were starting to get just a tad stale as we had heard
it all before, especially on the first single People Of the Southwind and the acoustic
Reason To Be which skirts the same territory as Dust In the Wind.
Listening to this album now brings back a lot of memories and in lieu of the batch of poor
80’s albums the band would release later, Monolith stands as a damn fine
recording, if a little familiar.
Livgren would convert from Eastern teachings to Christianity midway through the
Monolith tour and Dave Hope would follow a shortly after. Kansas would never
be the same again, but all good things must come to end sooner or later I suppose. Do
yourself a favor and give Monolith another chance.