Saturday, 16 January 2016
Kansas - Point Of Know Return (1977)
The fifth album from this US band.
Kansas does not need any introduction. Their mix of Americana and English symphonic prog is one of the soundtracks of the 1970s.
The band was a six piece here with a lineup of violins, bass, drums, piano, guitars and synth/organs.
This album was a departure from their previous album Leftovertures and a return to a much more harder AOR sound. The band caught up with the AOR scene again with this album and the album sold very well.
The introduction of synth is not a good thing here. It dilutes their very good sound and music. There are a couple of cringeworthy songs here. But their trademark sound is still present here and that is an excellent sound indeed.
They also got a big hit on this album with the ballad Dust In The Wind. A very good song. The best song on this album though is the title track.
The end result is a good Kansas album which is not right up there with their best albums. But still... a good album.