YMMV / Kansas

  • Acclaimed Flop: 1988's In The Spirit of Things was the follow up to their 1986 "comeback" album Power, but it was met with poor commercial reception.note  This is mainly due to the fact that their record label at the time (MCA Records) dropped support for many of the classic rock acts on the label for the latest pop stars at the time like Tiffany. However, many fans and the band themselves consider it to be one of their strongest post-70's work.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "How My Soul Cries Out For You" on Monolith starts off normally, but quickly gets weird in the second half of the song: the music comes to a dead halt. Bar chatter ensues. The barflies gasp, which leads into a brief drum solo. Distorted backward vocals rise up from the din, leading to a final runthrough of the chorus. The song fades out...only to fade back in halfway. The main melody of the song plays for about fifteen seconds before the tape speeds up and the song finally fades out for real. It's easily the strangest song in the band's catalogue.
  • Epic Riff: Spanning several different instruments. For starters: "Dust in the Wind" for acoustic guitar, "Carry On Wayward Son" for electric guitar (plus the epic Lyrical Cold Open as a bonus), "Point of Know Return" for violin, "Miracles out of Nowhere" for keyboards, "Lonely Street" for bass guitar, and "Magnum Opus" even pulls this off on tympani (which the rest of the band picks up on afterward).
  • Face of the Band: Most will tell you either Steve Walsh or Kerry Livgren, although Robby Steinhardt has always been the frontman for the band while he was a part of it. These days, however, it's probably Rich Williams because, y'know, the eyepatch.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Ultimately averted with John Elefante. While Kansas did decline during the Elefante era, most fans nowadays acknowledge it was because of internal struggles that he had little to do with, and the songs "Fight Fire With Fire" and "Play The Game Tonight", both songs that Elefante sang (and in the case of the former, wrote), are still quite popular among fans to this day. In fact, he was a popular choice to replace Steve Walsh following the latter's retirementnote .
    • Also averted with Steve Walsh's eventual replacement, Ronnie Platt, who is well liked by fans. The fact that he brought clear vocals to the band when his predecessor could barely sing anymore didn't hurt.
  • Signature Song: Initially "Dust in the Wind," but it's since been displaced by "Carry On Wayward Son".
  • Song Association: As stated on the main page, "Carry On Wayward Son" is commonly associated with Supernatural.
  • Tear Jerker: "Dust in the Wind" and "Cheyenne Anthem"