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Album Review

Equinox produced Styx's first single with A&M, the highly spirited "Lorelei," which found its way to number 27 on the charts. Although it was the only song to chart from Equinox, the album itself is a benchmark in the band's career since it includes an instrumental nature reminiscent of their early progressive years, yet hints toward a more commercial-sounding future in its lyrics. "Light Up" is a brilliant display of keyboard bubbliness, with De Young's vocals in full bloom, while "Lonely Child" and "Suite Madame Blue" show tighter songwriting and a slight drift toward radio amicability. Still harboring their synthesizer-led dramatics alongside Dennis De Young's exaggerated vocal approach, the material on Equinox was a firm precursor of what was to come . After Equinox, guitarist John Curulewski parted ways with the band, replaced by Tommy Shaw, who debuted on 1976's Crystal Ball album.

Customer Reviews

The Best of Classic Styx

By far one of my favorite Styx albums. This pre-Tommy Shaw album contains such classics as Lorelei and Suite Madame Blue. It shows the early evolution of the band combining the dreamy synth sounds of Dennis DeYoung and power guitar riffs of James Young and John Curulewski. This album is must have for any true Styx fan.


This is Styx before they hit it big with Grand Illusion. This album is so close to perfect. Still remains in heavy rotation at my house.

If you find yourself, as a reviewer,

comparing Styx to Led Zep, you need to go fry burgers or something. So, what, every band that has a long song that starts off softly and then rocks out is trying to duplicate "Stairway"? That kind of thing had gone on long before Zep, or even long before electronic music. But I suppose if you don't have much to say you have to resort to the lame bag of tricks of critics everywhere: I shall compare Band A to Band Z and make useless observations that really explain nothing about the music.


Formed: 1970 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they began as an artsy prog rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late '60s, the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the '70s, the group...
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