In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I know I really liked pretty much every single thing about it, but I don’t feel like it gave me any more of an idea of what Styx was as a band. ”
Mr Roboto is the only Styx song I can name. It might be the only Styx song I have ever heard. I don’t love it or hate it. It’s just a passable novelty hit that represents a specific time in pop music. So with that scorching hot ambivalence about the band, why am I bothering to listen to an entire Styx album and write about it? The answer is, I don’t know. I think I’m hoping listening to Paradise Theatre will answer that question. Maybe it’ll give me some context for the band outside of one novelty hit.
Structurally, musically, lyrically, A.D. 1928 and Rockin’ in Paradise sound like an introduction to a concept album, or the soundtrack to a narrative story. The former segues seamlessly into tho latter, going from a quiet, welcome into a fun, rocking heart starter. (more…)