This album is definitely a departure from some of the heavier, simpler all-out rock we heard on Allied Forces (probably Triumph’s best ever). Here we see more keyboards and a second guitarist on some of the tracks.
“Never Say Never” is almost a power-pop with a cool intro in the form of “Prologue: Into the Forever”. One of my favorite Triumph songs in “Carry On The Flame” (that, along with All The Kings Horses, are really the same song). I like the intricate acoustic guitar work on the intro and the fade out. Those songs alone warrant the 5-star rating I gave this.
“All Over Again” is a ballad. I’ve long felt like hard rock groups record some of the best ballads to be heard, and this one is pretty memorable.
“Prelude: The Waking Dream” and “On And On” are also really the same song. There is some interesting synthesizer and keyboard work here, and Rik Emmett’s guitar work is as good as ever.
This was the last recording Rik Emmett did with Triumph – what a way to go out.