The sound quality has been boosted, that's for sure. "Keep on Loving You" and "Take it on the Run" finally broke these road warriors wide open, but it was a mixed blessing--the pop sound of the aforementioned mega-hits raised expectations for more pop hits and compromised the quality of their music. Critics have bashed this band for selling out, but these two songs stand tall among the pop music which was generated circa 1980.
"Don't Let Him Go" was a Top 40 hit and rocks pretty hard, as does the album cut "Tough Guys." But you'll need to look hard to find lyrics more shallow and sophomoric, especially on the latter. "In Your Letter" was also a hit and more of a sing-along, and the ballad "I Wish You Were There" is a tear-jerker. Other than the two huge hits, there really isn't much to recommend this one. If you're new to the band, you might want to pick up "The Hits," which contains everything from the power ballad era as well as high-end up-tempo work like "Roll With The Changes." There are also compliations out there which feature the band's seminal work, which include great tracks like "Riding The Storm Out," "Music Man," "Keep Pushin'" and "Golden Country." The early, live "You Get What You Play For," with its great "157 Riverside Avenue," shows the fire the band could generate in concert once upon a time.