Paradise (CMC International)
It's been at least a decade since I've spent a
thought on Styx, THE arena rock group of my high school years. Music has moved on and so
have I, and now the band is made up of a bunch of guys in their forties, so I didn't have
high hopes for their comeback.
This two-disk live album snuck up on me and as much as it
surprises me, I've gotta admit they're still a hell of a group.
The rock vibe of the
quirky "Too Much Time On My Hands" and "Renegade" gave me a strong,
familiar rush of air guitar thrill, and it wasn't all just nostalgic.
The three new studio
songs are surprisingly strong, although Tommy Shaw's rocker "On The Way" blows
the doors off Dennis DeYoung's power show tune "Paradise." Then again, Shaw
always had the best knack for a rock lick in the band.
As live albums go, this one is even
better than the Styx's 1984 breakup concert album Caught In The Act Live. Sometimes
I guess you can go home again. (6/97)
Jay S. Jacobs
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January 31, 2016.