A Great Concept, by A GREAT BAND.
STYX has always played a wide range of Musical genre, from Hard hitting Rock to soft ballads . Then on top of that they have 3 Great Lead singers, Dennis , Tommy doing most of the leads and JY doing his heavy Metal. I would give anything if Bands could stay together. Peter Cetera back in Chicago, and Steve Perry back in Journey, AND DENNIS DEYOUNG BACK IN STYX .
The beginning of the end
By God of Thunder
This album ended Styx's streak of 4 straight multi-platinum albums. There was already friction within the band, and this album brought it to its breaking point. It's an interesting concept, about a futuristic universe where rock and roll is banned and the protagonist is fighting to bring it back. Unfortunately, the concept is not well-executed. Out of 9 songs, only 4 of them fit the theme, and one of those 4 is just a re-hash of other songs. Worse yet, of those 4, 2 of them are some of the worst songs in the band's history. The best songs on this album tend to be the ones that dont fit the theme. All that said, this album has its moments if you ignore the concept. Most Styx fans will tell you differenty, but it's better than 2 of the first 3 Styx albums.
1. Mr. Roboto: This song is a classic. One of the songs that got me into Styx. I LOVE IT! 10/10
2. Cold War: When I first heard this song I thought it was about a war between Kilroy and the rock fans vs. Dr. Righteous and the government. Upon further research, I found out that Tommy Shaw was not writing for the concept at all, and that this song actually was about the Cold War. Great song. 9/10
3. Don't Let it End: I'm personally not a fan of Dennis's ballads, and I don't even think this song is as good as "The Best of Times" or "Show me the Way." I do prefer it over "Babe" though. I dont see how it fits the concept. 7/10
4. High Time: The backing vocals at the beginning are horrendous and they continue throughout the first verse. If you can get past the first verse, the backing vocals disappear and the song becomes not bad. But it's still probably one of the bottom 10 Styx songs. 5/10
5. Heavy Metal Poisioning: Yikes! JY is trying to portray the villain. Unfortunately, he's just not a good enough singer to pull this off. JY does not seem to know the limitations of his voice, and when he tries to do more than he can, the results just make you want to cover your ears. The best that can be said about this song is that its better than Plexiglass Toilet. 1/10
6. Just Get Through This Night: The intro to this song fits the theme of this album, if you can hear what theyre saying in the intro. However, once the song gets going, it doesn't fit the theme at all. Not to say that's a bad thing. I love this song! It's my 2nd favorite song on the album. 10/10
7. Double Life: After the abonimable "Heavy Metal Poisoning," it's hard to believe JY has another song on this album. This song is much better though. I actually like this song a lot. I don't see how it fits the theme though. 8.5/10
8. Haven't We Been Here Before: Who'd have thought we'd see this? Tommy Shaw was made that Dennis wrote ballads, and then he writes this. How's this not a ballad, Tommy? On top of that, this shows that Shaw cannot write ballads as good as Dennis. This didn't become a hit like some of Dennis's ballads and understandably so (it's ust not as good). It also doesn't fit the theme. 6/10
9. Don't Let it End (reprise): This is very different from the original "Don't Let it End." The first "Don't Let it End" was "don't let this male/female relationship end." This one is "don't let rock and roll end." It's a fast mish-mesh of Roboto and Don't Let it End. I actaully really like it 10/10
People are stupid
Jeez, just because this album changed on how Styx played doesn't make this a bad album, the history behind this album is bad but not the songs. People just refuse to believe that these are actual genuine good Styx songs. Even though these songs had a big Dennis influence, it doesn't matter because he was what have the band their hits and without him you wouldn't know who Styx would be!
No Dennis. No Peace
Masterpiece. Styx without Dennis Deyoung is a joke. He's was way ahead of his time and they just can't see it. This is a great record
The song "Mr. Roboto" appeared in the show "Chuck" as Jeffster's song. It was in the last episode I know for sure ("Chuck vs the Goodbye"). It is a good song.
By Mtn. Home slice
This debacle is so pathetic it's actually hilarious. I couldn't believe all the positive reviews ( I guess it takes all types). I've never met anyone in real life that had anything but pure contempt for this self indulgent, pretentious, ill-conceived, ego trip and most felt betrayed to the extent that they were finished with Styx forever!! I remember thinking that this was a bit extreme, but some fans are seriously affected by the artistic conduct of their perceived Idols. In the words of the band from their first album from all those years ago, "WHAT HAS COME BETWEEN US"? I think it was Mr. Roboto!
Pretty Good Album
I really like this album, though this is their last album. Good music but the plot line sort of rips of 2112 (which is in my opinion the best prog album ever).
Jumping the Shark
Some good tunes and required listening for Styx fans, but the theatrical concept was a train wreck that doomed the familiar Styx line up.
When Styx officially jumped the shark!
They started to decline as a group after Pieces of Eight. Cornerstone, and Paradise Theater had some Excellant songs, but many throwaways too, but this has maybe 3 decent songs.