US rock legends Styx have a new album out where they deliver their hits live with Contemporary Youth Orchestra made up of 115 musicians aged between 15 and 19 years old and a 60 member choir. It also has 2 brand new Styx songs that makes this at least a little interesting, this feels just like another compilation with this band and I prefer to hear the real studioversions, not that this is bad or anything but like their last studio album "Big Bang Theory" that was filled with covers I also think this is rather uninteresting stuff.
The only thing that makes me lift up my eyebrows are the two new tracks "Just Be" and "Everything All The Time", both are nice songs but "Everything...." is the one that hooked me up with a great pompish start filled with layers of melodies and listen to the part after the 2nd chorus, amazing stuff. A classy song that takes you back to the heydays of Styx. "Just Be" is a studio version and is a good ballad with great harmony vocals. Otherwise you get to hear all their hits from "Blue Collar Man" to "Boat On The River" but I would have wanted to see this on DVD instead that should have been more interesting. This is for the real die-hard Styx fans only.
I was at the concert and although the "studio versions" are the standard STXY sound, to me they now sound kind of "naked" without the tonal and tonic underlining support of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. If you moderately like the CD the by all means get the DVD. Constant energy and excitement! These guys loved the kids... and they loved STYX back!
Formed in 2001, the group was originally known as "The Chiodos Bros," the band´s name was a tribute to filmmakers Stephen, Charles, and Edward Chiodo, responsible for the film Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Also, the band released their third studio album, "Illuminaudio" in 2010 and was the only studio album to feature Brandon Bolmer as lead vocalist instead of Craig Owens.