Kansas
Point of Know Return


3.0
good

Review

by Brennan Barfuss USER (2 Reviews)
May 27th, 2009 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Point of Know Return seems to click with the 40-50 year old demographic, if only for nostalgia. Younger listeners will find it to be interesting at times but ultimately mediocre.

Kansas had already gained popularity with their breakthrough album Leftoverture, paving the way for Point of Know Return, which produced such singles as Portrait (He Knew), Point of Know Return and the immortal Dust in the Wind. Kansas earned a place in classic rock history with this their 5th studio album , and created an decent prog/arena rock album.

Kansas makes use of the keyboard to build an album full oscillating synth, giving their music a very turbulent feeling. However because of clean, Boston-esque vocals and the use of piano and acoustic guitar, the music is still quite accessible. Point of Know Return showcases both sides of Kansas very well with songs like Dust In the Wind, being one of classic rock’s greatest and most popular songs ever with it’s unforgettable acoustic riff and thought-inducing lyrics. The more progressive side of Kansas is best displayed in songs like Paradox, with few vocals and tenacious , dynamic riffs and synth.

The main problem that arises in the dual-personality of Point of Know Return is that Kansas isn’t the best at either of their styles. While listening to the more appealing and melodic tracks I can’t help but thinking of similarities to Boston’s untouchable self-titled debut album, and finding Kansas to be greatly inferior. Then while listening to their unconventional and scattered progressive tracks, I can’t help wishing I was listening to more stimulating prog like Moving Pictures by Rush.

Point of Know Return has a good variety of tracks and may be worth a listen to some fans of classic rock and prog rock. The album seems to click with the 40-50 year old demographic, if only for nostalgia. Younger listeners like me will find it to be interesting at times but ultimately mediocre.


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Poet
May 27th 2009


5935 Comments


Dust in the Wind is a beast of a track.

AtavanHalen
May 28th 2009


17927 Comments


CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON

illmitch
May 28th 2009


5429 Comments


kansas rules
....the state

BenedictVII
May 29th 2009


369 Comments


Nice review short and to the point.

shindip
June 14th 2009


3536 Comments


Dust In The Wind is an amazing song.

cjgone
July 27th 2010


767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hopelessly Human is a really good symphonic prog song. I don't think the rest of the album is like it though.

toxin.
June 28th 2011


12604 Comments


Dust In the Wind is great. I don't think I'll listen to the rest, though.

random
July 2nd 2011


2267 Comments


Dust in the wind!

Weed
August 15th 2011


161 Comments


Man,Lightning's Hand is awsome

random
July 4th 2012


2267 Comments


"Dust In The Wind" rules.

DarthMann
July 4th 2012


13815 Comments


carry on wayward song is the best thing ever

ShadowRemains
July 4th 2012


21042 Comments


dust in the wind ALL WE ARE IS DUST IN THE WIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNDDDD

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DarthMann
July 4th 2012


13815 Comments


ONCE I ROSE ABOVE THE NOISE AND CONFUSION

cjgone
August 3rd 2012


767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Spider is such a good song.

dannyboy89
April 19th 2013


12026 Comments


Jamming it, good stuff.

dannyboy89
April 19th 2013


12026 Comments


Finished it. It's good, but the previous 4 are better imo.

Cygnatti
November 17th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dust in the wind is one of the only songs I ever got to learn on the guitar :'/

FiveLeavesLeft
November 17th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is so underrated. I hate the arena rock tag they got identified with; they're more of a symphonic prog band anyway

toxin.
November 17th 2013


12604 Comments


forgot this band existed tbh

Cygnatti
November 17th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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