Styx's second album marked the first recorded appearance of their signature song "Lady." The song was the original power ballad, the tune that would break the group through to a national audience. It didn't happen right away, though, as STYX II was something of a sleeper.
While Styx waited for stardom, they kept purveying their blend of pop, prog, and heavy rock. In fact, the album contains a couple of the group's most prog-oriented pieces, including Dennis DeYoung's adaptation of Bach's "Fugue in G," and original guitarist John Curulewski's fanciful "A Day," which moves from Yes-like vocal harmonies to a chops-filled instrumental section over a daunting time signature. Elsewhere, riff-heavy hard rock ("I'm Gonna Make You Feel It") rubs shoulders with wistful, epic balladry ("Father O.S.A., The Earl of Roseland)."
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- Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los (DeYoung, Dennis)