The beginning of Styx Peak Years
By SC Simpson
EQUINOX is a major leap forward from anything Styx had done before. Taking some sonic cues from the STYX II surprise breakout hit, “Lady”, the band hones and polishes its sound further, with soaring, singable harmonies, loud crunchy guitars, and swirling synths perfectly mixed and produced. If only the songs themselves were uniformly excellent.
“Light Up” is delightful musically; fairly cheesy lyrically. Dennis DeYoung’s keyboard work shines here. “Lorelei” is certainly one of the best radio hits the band has ever delivered, with perky synths and a soaring chorus. “Mother Dear” explores a slightly groggier direction, and is very well-written; a definite highlight.
But then, the album falls into an abyss over the course of the next three songs, none of which are memorable, except for their abundance of cringeworthy cliches, musically and lyrically. Thankfully, the lovely interlude “Prelude 12” cleanses the palette and rights the ship in time for the album’s magnum opus, “Suite Madame Blue”, which is adventurous musically and very insightful lyrically. One other note: the album cover is certainly one of the best and most iconic in Styx history.
Hard rock Styx
By HM Dave
The only non-Shaw Styx album to own. A collection of well-written hard rock songs. Hard to fathom these were the same lads who would go on to create "Mr. Roboto". It's a brilliant album.
By Bald Knobber
Funny to read all of the obviously highly knowledgable reviewers and no mention of Crystal Ball that I see. . Crystal Ball is as impactful a song as any on the album. As a collection of songs, Equinox is not only the best Styx album, one of the best rock albums of all time. Definately top 10 favorite for me.
Songs with a driving instrumental power and political messasge are combined with the lightheartedness of "Lorelei" and the haunting Crystal Ball.
Last but not least the amazing Dennis DeYoung. I always thought he must use a voice box. I never heard that we did. If not, just considering the strength adn octive range of his voice, he is not equaled by any vocalist in rock/pop that I ever heard.
I am just now buying Equinox for the second time in 40 years. They were my first . . . concert don't ya know. Minicipal Auditorium, Kansas City. Small venue under 20,000 people, it so loud the songs that were going to be on a live album had to be discarded. and songs from the St. Louis concert two days later were used. $5.99 for Equinox, Holy mackeral.
Equinox is not only the best
Awesome! One of my favorite Styx albums!
I love this album! I'm a huge Styx fan, and I have a lot of their stuff on vinyl, but of all their albums, Equinox remains amount my favorites! I Especially love "Suite Madame Blue" and "Lorelei!" :D If you like classic rock and/or are a Styx fan, definitely get this album!
The best Styx album before Tommy Shaw
By God of Thunder
Actually that distinction could arguably go to Styx II, but I think Equinox has more great songs, less filler, and unlike Styx II has a JY song. Before I continue my review, I have 2 questions for the writer of a previous review. First, in what way does "Suite Madame Blue" sound even remotely like Stairway? Secondly, even if Styx ripped off Zep, do you have any idea how many Zep songs, including Stairway, are rip offs of other artists? Do some research on Zep. You may not like what you find. Okay, now onto my review:
1. Light up: A nice, fun, bouncy song with a good message. Good way to start an album. 8/10
2. Lorelei: This was Styx's 2nd top 30 hit. I loved this song when I only knew Styx for their greatest hits. Now that I have more albums from them I don't rate this song as highly in the Styx canon, but I still quite dig it. 10/10
3. Mother Dear: The John Curulewksi song on the album. Not coincidentally, it's the one song on the album I don't care for. After this album, Curulewski was booted in favor of Tommy Shaw, which was good for the band IMO. 7/10
4. Lonely Child: I'm not sure if a woman would find the words of this song romantic, or if she would be turned off. Maybe it'd depend on the woman. BUT, I don't care. I LOVE THIS SONG! It's one of my all-time favorites. 10/10
5. Midnight Ride: The JY song on the album. As is usually the case with JY songs, it's the hardest rocking songs on the album. This is one of my favorite songs of his in fact. 10/10
6. Born For Adventure: This song is loud and heavy! I never knew Styx used to do stuff like this. It's the sort of song you would typically expect from a hard rock or heavy metal artist. I guess Styx in general got a little less heavy later in their career. I wouldn't call myself a metal-head, but I like a good heavy song, and for my tastes Styx do heavy metal better than most heavy metal arists. 10/10
7. Prelude 12: A very pretty and well-done intro to "Suite Madame Blue."
8. Suite Madame Blue: This is one of the best songs in the history of rock music IMO. 95% of popular music artists today could never record a song like this. In fact it takes more talent to record this one song than it does to record a lot of artists' entire careers. 20/10.
To sum it all up, Equinox is almost all killer with very little filler. The one thing this album is missing is Tommy Shaw. But it would be unfair to grade this album down on that when the idea of Tommy Shaw entering the band hadn't even been considered yet. Equinox rocks!
By Cabo Lou
Superb album throughout which was last one they did before Shaw joined the band. This lp put them on the map established the band as a force in the arena rock world in the years to come. A must have for sure!
This is a great album. Lonely Child my favorite Styx song....Lorelei and Suite Madame Blue are super.
Light Up Indeed
If you grew up in the 70's, listening to this album while stoned was standard operating procedure......Ha! Smoke it.
By dr detroit10
great album a real styx gem all right and great guitar and drum sounds. well writen
This Styx band...they're good!
By Dr. Rock
If someone came up to me on the street and asked,"this Styx band, I hear they're good? What is their best stuff? Where should I start?" I would instantly point them in the direction of Equinox. To me this is where the band successfully combined their progressive rock talents with 70's arena rock sound and created a cohesive existence between the two. Classic songs like Light Up, Loreli and Suite Madame Blue are found here and while they are the popular tracks on the album, it's hidden gems like Mother Dear and Lonely Child that shine. These two numbers to me captured the very essence that was Styx: wonderful lyrics with great vocals, keyboards that gave the music a grand feel and of course guitars that could churn out energy, and/or glide with style. The two "rockers" on the album Midnight Ride and Born For Adventure round out what is an excellent album.