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Styx - & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra - One With Everything

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Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Album
Year: 2006
Label: Frontiers Records
Genre: AOR
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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.

Tracklisting 1. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
2. One With Everything - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
3. It Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace) - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
4. I Am The Walrus - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
5. Just Be - Studio Version
6. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
7. A Criminal Mind - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
8. Everything, All The Time - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
9. Too Much Time On My Hands - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
10. Crystal Ball - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
11. Miss America - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
12. Boat On The River - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland
13. Renegade - 2006/Live At Blossom Music Center, Cleveland


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Myles Kennedy was in a band called ´Citizen Swing´ from Spokane, Washington. The band released two albums, Cure Me With the Groove and Deep Down, before disbanding in 1996. ´Cure Me With the Groove´ was a jazz-influenced pop album best described as Stevie Wonder meets Stevie Ray Vaughn, while Deep Down was a much heavier album, dropping all of the pop pretense in favor of heavy guitars, soaring vocals, solid and infectious beats and a bit of the ´jazz flair´ of the trumpet. Vocalist and lead guitarist Myles Kennedy, formerly of Cosmic Dust, eventually went on to front The Mayfield Four and later Alter Bridge.

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