Grand Illusion works best when it's doing three things: rocking mostly thanks to Tommy Shawand being restrained. Interestingly, all of this good stuff is on the second side of the album, so at least one can skip ahead to the good stuff and listen through to the end without any groan-worthy moments.
In the end I did like the final three songs, but not enough to recommend Grand Illusion seriously to anyone that isn't nostalgic for this not-quite prog, not-quite pop weird spot of the late '70's.
With The Grand Finale recapitulating the theme of album opener The Grand Illusion, for instance, there's a certain sense of an overarching concept here, but as with Supertramp's Crime of the Century another classic of the borderland between prog and pop that may be more apparent than actual; either way, you get some really solid, hook-laden tunes here which manage to be smart enough to pique the curiosity of a prog audience whilst being straight-ahead enough not to abandon their pop roots.
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We should mentio While I wouldn't put them in my top 10 list, I do enjoy their music greatly, and I believe they're progressive enough for this site, Castle Walls - Styx - The Grand Illusion (Vinyl. As many others have stated, The Grand Illusion is top-drawer Styx. By "progressiveness" standa InStyx was at the top of their form. They had released Equinox maybe their best albumand Crystal Ball, and were now ready to pump out this album and Pieces of 8 before falling into the "pop-rock" curse.
What happened Dennis? This is rare album that has no bad song on it. I would sa Some maybe confused Nobody ever said that Styx is a progressive Rock band in the same way we mean about Genesis or Yes. Styx is a prog related band and they are listed in that catalogue correctly.
So, why we see one or two stars for this albumthis is a mystery to me. Grand Illussion is one Gone are the days of progressive glory hehehe, I made a funnynow we have arena rock to make us feel warm at night. Is this someone else's fantasy? It would have to be. I'd never dream of Styx who are what Well, at least they make a gra I am still fairly new to progressive rock especially compared to the people on this site who have been listening to prog since the 70's.
Today I was thinking back to how much my tastes in music have changed over the past 2 to 3 years and I decided to go back and listen to an album I used to love This is a very bombast album by Styx. This is still one of their best. The album opens up with the title track, which is probably the most pogressive song on the album.
A great highlight of the album is Miss America, a powerful rocker featuring a lot of Dennis De Young's singing. Man in th From what I had heard from the band before purchasing this album, they were either progressive or pop. This is more of the same from our favourite American we try really hard to be a prog rock band. Some of the songs have strong elements of prog, and there are even a few decent songs here, but mainly, this is another screechy, tedious piece of plain rock, with a dull album cover, methinks.
This is the only Styx album I really liked, while a couple of other albums sounded so-so to my ears. Musically it sounded like pop-rock, lyrically it sounded like Kansas. Its catchy and crispy-- and not quite prog rock. You can expect to like this album very easily with the opening track, fooling Who knows, the debate continues.
Styx have always been somewhat of a band without a home, too pompous and nerdy for the hard rock fans, but yet too mainstream for most prog fans.
Well Styx has found a home in at least one prog fan's collection, and it can In addition to being a great rock album that sold over 3 million copies during a time when disco was at the top of its popularity, this album defines Styx as great songwriters, producers and performers.
Not many groups can boast such fantastic songwriting, keyboard, guitar and vocal work from s This was the 5th album ever I bought. I guess 'Fooling yourself' was brought as a single. Although Styx is not described as 'true prog', whatever it means, its certainly not pop or hard-rock. Especially not this album. It certainly deserves 4 stars as many prog fans will find it an album with fin After a bunch of strong album, six i fact, 'The Grand Illusion', comes across a bit like 'Styx-lite'.
It doesn't rock as hard and any James Young influence is almost muted here. He doesn't have a lot of artistic flair, but he's a great vocalist, particularly he harmonised well with Dennis on so many The first track from TGI I ever heard was Castle Walls as my younger brother recorded it from a radio, yeah, that were the gold old times, when even German radio stations were playin such stuff I was amazed on Castle Walls and so a few month later I got the whole album and I thought it wa When I was 23 years old I listened to this album on a loud stereo in my parents house while they were on vacation.
With the assistance of strong doses of alcohol the effect of the music was beyond description. This is STYX, the album that endures for them. While being one of the most radio-played of the era, still, a great work of 'Prog'.
The vision of Styx becomes fully realized on this album. Other tracks often go overlooked You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Well done FM rock with prog influence and also very LP.
Sail Away and Castle Walls are the highlights here IMO, but almost every number got a lot of airplay, they are classic in the mind of the public. If you must own one album of theirsmake it this one. But remember this is very borderline for this site. It's not that this is something that musically remarkable but it's more on memory I grew with this album. Simply speaking, this album was released at the time when my colleague and I were having radio station illegal - oops!
Our vision was only one: to socialize rock music for the city where I was born. So there was no commercial values with the radio - as all monies were collected from our pockets and we bought the material - including the lamp what is this? Dunno - but according to the engineer we hired it's a major component to build the radio transmission unit.
Well, we built the city with rock'n'roll!!!! Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW. Styx never really intended to become part of the prog movement, but they clearly were interested from the outset in developing a connection with some formal elements and artsy spirits from the genre. This thing that was shown in specific portions of preceding albums is now the highly dominant strategy.
The namesake track states that perfectly, with those monumental amalgamations of synths, organ and dual guitars solidly orchestrated all over the rhythm duo's military vibe. This song sounds like a cleverly ordained mixture of country rock and Wakeman-era Yes: even though this is a Shaw-penned song in which he shows off his soft, precise singing and his acoustic guitars, it is DeYoung who steals the limelight with his elegant keyboard layers and fluid synth solos.
Anyway, LP is not the problem of 'Come Sail Away', a true Styx staple that shows how well the band could intertwine the diverse spirits of a piano-driven ballad, the stamina of heavy rock with a good melodic component and an extended spacey symphonic rock interlude: more than AOR, this is prog rock from an AOR-ish perspective.
The album's second half is actually the most consistent. And next is. This piece brings a sense of PF-meets-Yes-meets-ELP with a truly American flavor like Kansas provided for some of their most ambitious compositions in their first 5 studio efforts.
Despite the loud nature developed in the harder sections, this piece is obviously introspective, something like a portrait and a celebration of the inner self that still breathes, beats and lives, hidden beneath our material possessions and physical surroundings.
The album's closure is a brief joint reprise of music and lyrics from 'Superstar', 'Come Sail Away' and 'The Grand Illusion', completing the idea of our modern society's futility as the intellectual guideline for the album.
This album incarnates what Styx has always aimed to be, and things were naturally not meant to be the same after its release and subsequent tour. I won't go further into this, but rate this album as an excellent item for any rock and prog rock collection. There actually might be some proggier aspects here, like the odd metre in ''Fooling Yourself''.
The kicker is that I don't care for the ballad that begins ''Come Sail Away''. Styx There are LP products. Sort by -- Price More Rare collectible vinyl record albums starring the band Styx. The classic and newest designs now in stock. More Styx t-shirts and merchandise on sale! Members have included Chuck Panozzo, James "J. Hip hop electro. Grand Hustle Atlantic. MTV News. Retrieved 15 July Archived from the original on 8 December Pitchfork Media.
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