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tones. The group closes with the lively “Lovesick” followed by the hopeful “Gonna Be All Right.” Robert Randolph and The Family Band testify that they Got Soul and more on this distinctive and divine CD. It’s a bit of a curiosity that the classic rockers Styx have re-en- tered the fold as a recording act with a concept album since the last time they attempted such a feat it sent everyone pack- ing - band members and fans alike. But, their first album in 14 years tells the tale of a different kind of packing as the boys lift off on a thrilling trip to the red planet. On The Mission we find a modern-era Styx reaching way back to their earliest Stygian influences from their Wooden Nickel days to firmly plant their flag in this new era. The opener is “Overture” with 70’s era keys and Roboto-esque mechanical voices before lifting off on the fast paced “Gone Gone Gone” with its fiery guitar driven back- beat. Tommy Shaw is the driving Watch a video for “Gone Gone Gone” by Styx NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 33