Reviewed by MJBrady on 01 Dec 2000
Masques, represents Kansas' most prog filled moments.
This along with Leftoverture, Point of Know Return and Song For America were the bands Highlights as a prog band, easily one of my favorites of this classic American prog band.
Reviewed by Eric on 10 Mar 2005
Call me crazy, but Masque has always been my favorite Kansas album. Every time I listen to this record, I am reminded of the glory days of Midwest rock. Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Styx, Cheap Trick, Starcastle, REO Speedwagon and Joe Walsh. Ok, Pavlov’s Dog, Shooting Star, Missouri, Head East (well, maybe not…), but you get the picture! Having said this the difference between , lets say for the sake of arguement, REO Speedwagon and Kansas was as we all know, the boys from Topeka’s combination of Midwest ballroom blues and European progressive rock. Yeah, Styx and Starcastle did the same, but it was different. Styx always struggled between hard rock and the dramatic, while Starcastle walked a tightrope between the commercial and musicianship while constantly being dogged by forces outside the group. Kansas (and trust me- they were a weird bunch too with their own set of problems) seemed to take everything in stride on the surface and it worked, for a while at least. Masque is a great record, with a cover by an infamous Italian artist to boot. Kansas recorded wonderful music before and after this album, but I will suggest for a glimpse of the magic of this era for those who know nothing about the group beyond Dust in the Wind, Carry on Wayward Son and Point Of Know Return, Masque gets my highest recommendation.