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On disc: Kansas

- Somewhere To Elsewhere - Amir Djawadi - 5 stars

Somewhere To Elsewhere

Somewhere To Elsewhere
(??? - year)

Pretty often you use 'cult' for something which isn't worth it, but in case of Kansas it ain't exaggerated. During their 30 years of existence the band sold more than 30 million copies of their albums and the Americans always been present. So, what's special about the current release? Outstanding is that after all this years the original line-up is back! Several line-up changes gave them creativity and today the 7 members of the founding days are back together for accentuation. Progressive rock music at it's best are presented by drummer Phil Ehart (able to play complex beats), guitarists Richard Williams and Kerry Livgren (who's also playing keyboards) who are responsible for the melodies in the musical concept of Kansas.
On bass guitar Dave Hope giving his best as well as Billy Greer who is doing backing vocals and added his lead vocal to one song. Robbie Steinhardt is playing violin and viola and is doing lead vocals on 2 tracks, beside backing vocals on others. But singer Steve Walsh is still doing the majority of the songs. He was the one who was leading Kansas with his unique voice to higher musically spheres and add some depth to the music.
On Somewhere To Elsewhere are 10 songs, half of them are more then 7 minutes long which is not unusual in this genre. For the fans of their early days there are 2 tracks which are very interesting, one is Myriad which is the first song the band ever wrote! But it never been released until now. The opening track Icarus II is the follow up of the song Icarus which was released back in 1975! This facts show that the band is back to their roots and this with the original members.
An album you should give a try!

5 stars

Amir Djawadi
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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