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DARK DAYS/FAULE DR ROANE

Steve Walsh

 

Crossover Prog

3.31 | 8 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars A not so dark a day in Kansas

This EP/single by Kansas singer Steve Walsh contains two strong tracks and about 15 minutes of music in total. As far as I understand this was never given a physical release, but were only made available as MP3 downloads. But I do think that some versions of Walsh's solo album Shadowman had these two songs tagged on as bonus tracks.

Ironically, given the title of the first song, these songs are less dark and more melodic compared to the material on Walsh's solo album Glossolalia (I have yet to hear his most recent full lenght solo effort Shadowman) and more in line with his day job in Kansas. This is partly due to the strong presence of violin, here played by sometime Kansas member David Ragsdale, and partly due to the more Kansas-like song writing. These songs therefore have a more "classic" feel.

In addition to the great violin play we also have strong guitar work that is a bit more melodic and less aggressive compared to what we find on Glossolalia. The up tempo, five and a half minute, Dark Day features a strong melody and a good vocal. Steve's vocals are not quite what they used to be, but I still like his distinctive voice very much here. On some recent Kansas live recordings his voice was clearly a bit strained and he often tried to outdo himself with unnecessary vocal acrobatics. Here, however, his voice sounds just fine.

Personally, I enjoy these songs very much. For fans of Kansas, this EP is highly recommended. For the Prog fan in general this is a very good addition to your collection but - particualrly as it is only a short EP - not essential.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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