Tuesday 18 June 2019

Styx - The Mission (2017)

The 16th album from this US band.

The band is a sextet on this album with a lineup of synths, organ, piano, mandolin, guitars, bass, drums, percussion and vocals.

This album is so far their final album. The band is still touring and it is perhaps hopes for some more Styx albums in the future.

I am by no means a big fan of their last albums. Some of them are pretty abysmal.

The Mission is a concept album...... Yes, a concept album. It is about a mission to the planet Mars. The lyrics very much reflects this and the feeling of alienation from planet Earth.

The music is still AOR. But the music also has this concept album symphonic prog feel too. Some of that feel.

The music feels focused and tight. There are even some good songs here which breaks the tiresome AOR concept.

The vocal harmonies are very good throughout. Ditto for the guitar harmonies and the keyboards. It is just a pity that the songs are not as good as their efforts deserves.

Nevertheless, this is a decent to good album.

2.5 points


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