I remember when “Allied Forces” was the hot new album & all of the buzz. Somebody made me a copy of it recently, & I thought, “This is cool”, but it kind of lay forgotten, & I assumed Triumph was a one album wonder. Yesterday, I turned on the radio while waiting for a friend to come out of her apartment & herad “Lay It On The Line”. I thought, “Who’s THIS?” I discovered it was Triumph & IMMEDIATELY purchased this CD. BOY, AM I GLAD I WAS MISTAKEN ABOUT THIS GROUP! I dont use… or take… this word lightly, but this album is a MASTERPIECE!!!! Rik Emmett has a classical influence to his guitar style, & it comes through on his slower compositions. (They still rock, but with a slower tempo) Now, I love flat out rocking as much as the next guy, (I’m a metalhead from back in the day!) but I think these slower tracks are where the band shine their brightest. My favorite track on here is the title track. I don’t know what else to say but WOW!!! “Young Enough To Cry” is a blues metal masterpiece in it’s own right. And for those who prefer the straight ahead rockers, this album has that, too. “Movin’ On” & “American Girls” are CLASSIC late 70’s/early 80’s hard rockers!!! I am listening to “Allied Forces” as I type this, & I may be wrong, but (IMHO)I think the difference between early & later Triumph is the later albums were more produced, making them a slightly commercial power pop metal. NOW, I’M NOT SAYING THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!! I need my head examined for EVER putting “Allied Forces” in the mothballs! So far, though, I prefer the early sound. Bottom line: If you want to hear some good old fashioned hard rock/classic metal equipped with some of the most beautiful guitar melodies ever laid down, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!