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One Hundred Years from Now

Dennis DeYoung

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Album Review

Dennis DeYoung spent a fair chunk of his solo career denying the very sound of Styx (not quite the same thing as denying their songs, which he would continue to sing), going as far as Broadway to distinguish himself from the band and writing concept albums. One Hundred Years from Now, initially released in Canada in 2007 and appearing two years later in the States, retains some dramatic elements, but despite some heavy themes, it's more notable for its sound. It hits hard, sometimes bordering on heavy, fueled by arena hooks and power ballads, sounding more like Styx than any of his other albums, but One Hundred Years from Now isn't necessarily a throwback, thanks in part to DeYoung actively pondering the fate of the modern world, ranting against CNN, sneering about "who needs reality when you've got gigabytes" and singing a song about keeping hope alive. He might wonder what everything will look like in a century, but this is rooted in the 20th century, right down to the bleating synth sounds and thundering guitar that color these outsized rockers, but there's conviction in DeYoung's delivery and he simply sounds at home belting out power rockers and, especially, power ballads, both of which are in abundance here. It's that familiarity factor that works wonders for One Hundred Years from Now — he's waited long enough to pursue this sound that he now approaches it with fresh ears, not necessarily reinventing it but reinvigorating it, resulting in his best solo album yet. [The CD was also released in a version having a different track order, leaving off "Respect Me," and adding "Private Jones" and "There Was a Time."]

Customer Reviews

Better than Cyclorama

This is probably Dennis' best solo album rivalling only Desert Moon, way better than Brave New World and better than Cyclorama. This album is Dennis' most Styx-like and in fact sounds more like Styx than "Styx" does now. That's not to say everything on this album is great, like the other review states Dennis could benefit by being reeled in when he gets to grandiose and pretentious (of course the opposite is true as well...actually more so, Shaw and co. could also benefit from having Dennis adding life to the one-dimensional arrangements and sound on Cyclorama) but more often than not this album succeeds and more to the point DeYoung sounds more vital and relevant than Styx. And when you take into account that "Styx"'s last two releases have consisted of a covers album and an EP of re-recorded versions of Styx classics, it seems that if you want to hear new Styx-like music this would be the best source. Hopefully hell will freeze over again and the real Styx will once again reunite but until then this album recalls the band's classic sound more than Cyclorama does. Of course, the best thing would be to combine the two albums to truly hear what a modern Styx would sound like but if you have to choose one get this one first.

(As a side note I would actually give this album 3.5 stars if given the option but since that's not an option I'm stating it here)

THANK YOU!!

Dennis is a Great American!!!! Thank You Very Much.

Roots to original Styx

It seems as if Dennis found his style he lost in 83. This cd goes back to sounding like original Styx music of the seventies. The music and melodies are great but the song writing could use some improvement

Biography

Born: February 18, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The keyboardist/vocalist of Chicago-based arena rock band, Styx, Dennis DeYoung continues to cultivate a successful solo career. Recording on his own as early as 1984, DeYoung produced four impressive solo albums — Desert Moon, Back to the...
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