Cyclorama

Cyclorama

by Styx
4.2 7

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Cyclorama 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With Dennis DeYoung shown his walking papers and the current Styx line-up humming along as a touring machine since 1999, it seems this casino/state fair circuit band has some rock and roll life left in it after all. Life-long detractors of the band are supplied with enough ammunition to sling with the occasional cringe-worthy, over the top choruses ("These Are The Times" wouldn't be out of place on a Rocky III soundtrack album). However, there's some true heart here that hasn't been conveyed since the days of Crystal Balls, Grand Illusions, and Pieces of Eight. There's less pomp and more snap. Acoustic (yes, acoustic) guitars strum, DeYoung's mosquito-esque keyboard solos are replaced with Larry Gowan's more tasteful hammond organ fills, and the rock and roll riffage screams of Cobo Hall, 1978. While Shaw flexed his pop muscle on his Cornerstone gem "Never Say Never", he may have recorded his best effort in "Together" here. How does one explain the cameos of an ad-libbing Tenacious D and a beer-quaffing Billy Bob Thornton? Easy. This is a band having fun again. You will, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to start by correcting one of the earlier reviews titled "Styx gets back in the groove". Mr. Gowan does in fact share lead vocals on the album, specifically "fields of the brave" and "more love for the money". Second, Cyclorama is the must have CD for both old and new fans alike. While listening to the different tracks on Cyclorama you'll notice the subtle influences that emerge from each member in their songs which helped to create a unique and exhilarating experience for the listener. Cyclorama music is filled with passion and energy unknowingly rarely in today's era. After listening to this CD once, you¿ll be ¿searching, wondering, yearning, waiting for our time¿ to listen to the CD again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing that could have been better than this is if they had used Gowan on vocals. It's great to hear some of new blood add to the old style. We're due for a solo album Larry, but we'll be satisfied with this one for now...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased to hear that Styx was touring and promoting a new CD. I caught their act and I was blown away by their performance. The CD allows the old influences to ring through, while proving there's still some fresh tricks in the bag. As always they prove to have some of the tightest harmony vocals known to man. Buy this CD and tell your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think that syx can do it again, but they did. This is by far one of there most amazing albums. Zuckerman can really play drums
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best rock album I've heard in years. In addition to the three or four songs that will probably make the airwaves, there are several others that rock. I like the Billy Bob Thorton and Tenacious D collaborations too. Buy this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a handful of tunes on this album that are extraordinary. However, a bulk of the material is not up to par with previous Styx releases (however, it is better than Brave New World). The production is awfully thin and many of the vocals are buried in the mix, as are some of the guitar solos. The opener "Do Things My Way" is a great way to start off the album, but again the vocals fall victim to the production mix. "Waiting For Our Time" is another stand-out track from TS much like something from his solo 7DZ. The two offerings from Gowan and Burtnik are forgetable. Ironically, Gowan's tunes mid-way through the songs sound very DeYoungish. Burtnik's stab at Blink-182 style music falls flat on "KYAGoodbye". This song will sound VERY dated in 10 years. The short opener from Billy Bob is throwaway, while it does rock. Styx should not have to result in using outside people on an album. We get back on track with JY's "These Are The Times" the closest thing to a Styx classic these guys will offer. "Yes I Can" is leftover Damn Yankees filler but Shaw does it again with another good track in "Together". "Captain America" from JY is a typical JY rocker but lacks a keyboard solo in the middle as most of his songs have (and this does not make the song any less entertaining, just shorter than expected). "Killing That Thing You Love" is down-tempo album filler song from Burtnik. The album closer is the track worth the price of admission "One With Everything". Sounds more like ELP than Styx but it leaves you feeling good. The final track includes an interesting drum loop from Sucherman's "More Than Styx" drum CD but I can live without the Tenacious D bull at the end. Simply NOT funny or entertaining. Thankfully it is at the end of the CD. If we had stronger production and better tracks from Burtnik and Gowan we'd have a masterpiece but Cyclorama falls a little short. I am looking forward to the next release as this was the first studio album from this line-up and they do seem to get better with age. Keeping my fingers crossed that the next is better, Cyclo is for the diehards only. As for me, it has been "shelved" and one of those releases that might get played once every couple of years.