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Styx: Crystal Ball (A&M)

Richard Riegel, Creem, February 1977

NOPE, I WON'T deny it, I've liked Styx since I first heard their 'Lady' single. The ferocious chords of that tune crashed out with a benign pomposity suggestive of Lucifer's Friend and other krautrockers of the day, and it was fine to hear music from the Old Country in my own Midwestern backyard. Then I saw Styx live, in support of Blue Oyster Cult, and the two groups seemed like respective editions of the same darkmetal professionals, before and after exposure to rock critics in the know.

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