Freaks of Nature

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All Music Guide
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/1995
  • Label: Intersound Records
  • UPC: 015095914828
  • Catalog Number: 9148
  • Sales rank: 31,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can Fly (5:21)
  2. 2 Desperate Times (5:24)
  3. 3 Hope Once Again (4:33)
  4. 4 Black Fathom 4 (5:53)
  5. 5 Under the Knife (4:59)
  6. 6 Need (4:01)
  7. 7 Freaks of Nature (4:05)
  8. 8 Cold Grey Morning (4:13)
  9. 9 Peaceful and Warm (6:45)
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Album Credits

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, Guitar, Group Member
David Ragsdale Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Rich Williams Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Technical Credits
Tom Cassel Engineer
Jeff Glixman Producer, Engineer
Renee Castle Contributor
Sean Poland Engineer
Ken Wells Art Direction
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