Don’t Say No is Billy Squier’s best album and an early-80’s hard rock classic. This was released when heavy metal was getting very little airplay and the hard rock bands that were huge, like Journey and Reo Speedwagon, were scoring primarily with power ballads. Billy Squier proved you can have commercial success playing melodic hard rock and staying true to your roots. This album, along with his next release Emotions In Motion, paved the way for the melodic metal movement of the mid-80’s which spawned bands like Ratt, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard.Every track here is a winner. The singles “The Stroke”, “My Kinda Lover”, and “In The Dark” were all big hard rock hits and still sound great today. Other great tracks including the hard-driving rockers “You Know What I Like” and “Whadda You Want From Me”, the mid-tempo rocker “Too Daze Gone”, and “I Need You”, which is carried by Mark Clarke’s excellent bass line. The ballad “Nobody Knows” is also a strong track. “Lonely Is The Night” is probably the best track here, one of the great hard rock riffs of the ’80s. Although there are keyboards featured throughout the album, they’re only added for color, and don’t overwhelm the guitars like on other hard rock albums. His next album Emotions In Motion was pretty good, but the rest of his albums were inconsistent, including 16 Strokes, his greatest-hits album. If you want to hear the best of Billy Squier, this is the album to purchase. Highly recommended.