Despite the enticement of a new track and a couple of reinterpretations of Damn Yankees numbers (via shared guitarist Tommy Shaw), the new material on this 16-song collection fails to live up to the standards of the vintage tracks.
For those unfamiliar with the US pomp-rockers’ oeuvre, Regeneration offers re-treads of cuts from across much of Styx’s formidable 70s and 80s catalogue, aside from their early prog days and latter AOR outings. With original singer Dennis DeYoung history, Laurence Gowan takes his part, alongside the vocal prowess of guitarists Shaw and James ‘JY’ Young. Yet while DeYoung’s distinctive tones are absent, the spirit is not, with Grand Illusion kicking things off in appropriately vaudevillian style, before the wall of harmony vocals of Lorelei, several fine acoustic-framed ballads (including the beauteous US Top 10 hit, Come Sail Away), and the biting Blue Collar Man. Miss America becomes even funkier than the original, but the essence of the mighty Queen Of Spades and tranquil Boat On The River – accordion and all – remain. The synth-led Too Much Time On My Hands, insistent Snowblind and others add to the lustre, making for a cracking collection.