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!
When "Stairway To Heaven" is played backwards, you can hear the phrase "oh here´s to my sweet satan..the one who´s little path would make me sad, whose power is satan..he´ll give you give you 666 there was a little toolshed where he would make us suffer, sad in the part of "if there´s a bustle..."