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DENNIS DE YOUNG - AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES REVIEW

 

DENNIS DE YOUNG - AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

FRONTIERS RECORDS

OCTOBER 17 2014

 

 

When I was young bands like Styx left me cold with their mix of American Prog and syrup injected ballads that everyone’s mom’s loved (‘Lady’ and ‘Babe’ in particular - both written by De Young). I guess in part I was pretty sure in my teens that American’s didn’t get ‘Prog’ after all the UK had Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd and the US had bands like Styx, not that it was a particular problem for me I didn’t like Prog of any nationality. Not a lot has changed over the years I still abhor Genesis and Yes and have grown to love Pink Floyd, but what surprised me was how much I loved this live release from Styx’s Dennis De Young.

 

With the benefit of many years in-between listens tracks like ‘Grand Illusion’ sound slick and well… grand, and with some wonderful production the whole album has a sound to die for. Even the early inclusion of ‘Lady’ (the second track!) didn’t have me losing control, and to be honest with a few decades between then and now and the sheer paucity of music these days I’d forgive any current band putting out a track like that. 

 

All the hits of course are here for the fans, so whether you’re a fan of the softer side like ‘Lady’ (the first hit) or ‘Babe’ another De Young penned-ballad: or you like it a bit rockier like ‘Come Sail Away’; ‘Best of Times’ and ‘Renegade’ that close the set – it’s all here.

 

Where I draw the line though is with De Young’s rock opera ‘Kilroy Was Here’ and in particular ‘Mr Roboto’ which as a kid I cringed to hear…. Hearing it again nothing has changed, actually if anything it’s even worse. 

 

On balance though this is a great evening and a great live set and despite my preconceptions on balance the music of Styx holds up pretty damn well. De Young himself is masterful and his voice holds up beautifully after all these years.

 

Thoroughly enjoyable, and a must I’m sure for fans.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

DENNIS DE YOUNG - AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES REVIEW