When people think of music by Boston, most of them think about songs from the seventies, such as “More Than A Feeling” and “Don’t Look Back”. However, “Walk On”, released in the mid-nineties, is very good in its own right and deserves mention of its own along with the earlier Boston cds. At the front of the band in the seventies was Brad Delp, who’s multi-octave voice brought life to all of the earlier songs. However, Brad decided to leave the group before the release of “Walk On” and was relpaced by Fran Cosmo, who does a very good job in his own right handling the lead vocals on this cd.
Boston’s trademarks were excellent guitar work, loud drums, cool synthesizer and organ play, and, of course, strong lead and harmony vocals. Nothing’s changed. All of these earlier aspects of Boston’s success are evident on this cd as well. Tencho-wizard Tom Scholz and his band have once again combined all of these factors into this disc, and the result is a combination of great rock and roll songs.
Each song on the disc is excellent. Fran’s voice shines through on “I Need Your Love” and “Livin For You”. Songs such as “Surrender To Me” and “Walk On” showcase the great guitar, synthesizer, and drum work which made Boston famous. But there is one song on this disc that stands above the rest in my opinion: “Magdaline”. Fran Cosmo sounds better than ever on this song, and the harmony vocals are some of the best I’ve heard from Boston.
I’ve been a fan of Boston for many years and I’ve listened to all of their early and later cds. This disc deserves to be mentioned as one of their best. All of the aspects that made Boston a supergroup are evident on this cd, and even with the loss of Brad Delp, the band doesn’t miss a beat. Pick up this great cd and experience the progression of one of the supergroups of the seventies to one of the best groups of the nineties.