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Album Review

This solo offering from Kansas' lead vocalist was released in conjunction with that band's fine comeback, Somewhere to Elsewhere. This is an exploratory collection of songs that range from the metallic title track (thanks to Mike Slamer's explosive guitar playing) to the aggressive dance number "Heart Attack" and periodic progressive and symphonic meandering that parallels those of his main band. The song "Kansas" combines Magical Mystery Tour psychedelia with a haunting exorcism-like vibe that exemplifies this album's recurring theme of rebirth; Steve Walsh seems to be thumbing his nose at the demons and habits that have entrapped him for so many years. The more plaintive "Nothing" with its steel guitar and comparable vocals actually recalls early-'70s Neil Young, and "Mascara Tears" is reminiscent of mid-'70s Electric Light Orchestra. Co-producing this smorgasbord of styles along with Walsh is Magellan keyboardist Trent Gardner. Bassist Billy Greer who's appeared with Kansas and Streets continues his longtime association with Walsh on this recording.

Customer Reviews

Kansas fans rejoice!

I grew up on Kansas. When Steve Walsh left the band, the incredible lead vocals left with him. This album grows on you, and is definitely much more "progressive" in an almost post-Kansas way, as opposed to his earlier solo works and his work with Streets, which focused more on keeping Kansas' Rock sound while losing the complexity which made Kansas GREAT! Here, Steve adds EXTREME complexity with tremendous success. The best MUSIC from him in 25 years. The only negative is that his voice is not quite the same crystal clear quality from his youth (but whose is?). All in all, a solid effort!!

Steve Walsh With A Cutting Edge

This solo effort by Kansas' frontman really shows us how broad a spectrum he can cover. Assisted by Kansas' bass player Billy Greer, the awe-inspiring Mike Slammer, and Trent Gardner, a progressive Rock genius, he explorers a lot of "new" sounds on Glossolalia. Some of the tracks are very Dark and Moody, others should have been radio hits. Alas, this album wasn't promoted in the manner it deserved and it faded away. I highly recommend every track on it, but my favorites include Smackin' The Clowns, Kansas, and Haunted Man. You really can't go wrong with any of these tracks. Mr. Walsh is a genius!

Walsh magic

I have been a long time fan of Kansas and their music. I would have to say that Steve Walsh is at the top of my list in the vocalist category. He sings with more passion and conviction than any singer out there now. I know this music is different from Kansas but it still is thought provoking, melodic and just plain magical. This and his other solo effort "Shadowman" rank in my top ten of all time.

Biography

Born: June 15, 1951 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s

As the vocalist for Kansas, Steve Walsh's strong and certain delivery made "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind," and "Point of Know Return" radio staples of the '70s. He also fronted the short-lived Streets and sporadically issued solo albums, one of which has landed on numerous "worst album cover" lists. Born in St. Joseph, MO, Walsh's family moved to Kansas when he was 12. Records by the Vanilla Fudge, the Yardbirds, the Seeds, and Iron Butterfly were teenage favorites and influenced Walsh...
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