TITLE: The Serpent Is Rising
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #192
SINGLES: Winner Take All
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You must be kidding.
LINEUP: Dennis DeYoung, James Young, John Curulewski, Chuck Panozzo, John Panozzo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Styx fails to follow up with their pop success, and releases a rock / progressive hodgepodge that fails on many levels.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ooof. I don’t know what John Curulewski was thinking when he contributed songs to this album, but all of the exiled songs, they were all his (except for the “Hallelujah Chorus”, which is what the listener exalts when he finishes the record).
Not that the other stuff is any great shakes. Nothing rises to the prog / pop blend of “Lady” from their previous album. A couple of songs come pretty close but no cigar, and Dennis DeYoung’s prog exercises are bloated and showy-off for no reason.
This record set them back, and they were lucky to still have a contract after it. If I heard this as a record executive, I would have thrown it back at them.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band has pretty much renounced this album, especially Dennis DeYoung.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Thank goodness, no.
GRADE: C-: Listen at your own peril.