Freaks of Nature

Freaks of Nature

by Kansas
     
 

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Unbalanced. This record should have been what the small but rabid masses of Kansas fans had been waiting for, but for some reason it misses. Every moment of greatness on this record is accompanied with a conspicuous flaw. "I Can Fly" -- a revisitation of Kansas' recurrent "Icarus" theme -- opens the disc with an exciting violin line and

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Unbalanced. This record should have been what the small but rabid masses of Kansas fans had been waiting for, but for some reason it misses. Every moment of greatness on this record is accompanied with a conspicuous flaw. "I Can Fly" -- a revisitation of Kansas' recurrent "Icarus" theme -- opens the disc with an exciting violin line and a soaring vocal sounding strong and fresh. Enter the drums -- precise, thick, and metrical, or in other words clunky -- invoking a feel for the song about as far from "flight" as is possible. Other songs fall prey to the excesses of '80s anthemic rock ("Hope Once Again"). Other embarrassing tracks such as "Under the Knife" or "Black Fathom 4" make an attempt at a dark, disturbing mood but come off like B movies in execution. Original member Kerry Livgren contributes the song "Cold Grey Morning," which, sad to say, is not one of his best. Taken solely in terms of the performances, however, the record is astonishingly good. Arrangements are well-layered and complex. Each player plays with stunning virtuosity. Notable is David Ragsdale's violin -- every bit as good as Steinhardt's playing. ~ Mark W.B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/1995
Label:
Intersound Records
UPC:
0015095914828
catalogNumber:
9148
Rank:
24696

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Performance Credits

Kansas   Primary Artist
Steve Walsh   Keyboards,Vocals,Narrator,Group Member
Phil Ehart   Drums,Group Member
Billy Greer   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Robert   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Richard Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
David Ragsdale   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Rich Williams   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Cassel   Engineer
Jeff Glixman   Producer,Engineer
Renee Castle   Contributor
Sean Poland   Engineer
Ken Wells   Art Direction

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