Although he'd done stellar work with the Babys, John's solo breakout proved to be a nearly-perfect release.
I honestly cannot find a song on here that I do not enjoy. I hesitate to say that this is Mr. Waite's finest effort, because as a whole, his output since this, even including the 2000's, has been essential. Yet this is a perfect collection of songs.
"White Heat" is a perfect opener for this. Great energy to set the tone for the whole.
"Change" is simply a perfect song. Hear it yourself; you'll now know what to compare music to. Energy, urgency, power, control, quality, production to compliment your material. Three-way-tie with 'Mr. Wonderful' & 'I'm Still in Love' for best on the CD. Definitely the radio star.
"Mr. Wonderful" was John's choice for the first single, and it is so obviously a superior tune. Perfect tune, perfect delivery.
"Going to the Top" kind of a bridge between 50's ballad right into the 80's. A sense of urgency which runs through the whole LP.
"Desperate Love" a great song, with almost frantic urgency, almost a trademark stamp of 80's rock, at least the more-memorable stuff. Very memorable and enjoyable.
"Temptation" is a standout of this release. Intricate musically and quite original. Great lyrics, great message for all lovers to adhere to.
"Be My Baby Tonight" Great riffs, great vibe, very enjoyable rocker.
"Make it Happen" almost a throw-off, but has something worth hearing again.
"I'm Still in Love" Wow, now that I re-listen to this, this is one of John's better songs throughout his career. GREAT lyrics, great vibe, perfect production, another song which is custom-made for John's forte, which is introspective review, pleading of intent and spiritual comfort.
"Wild Life" John's first SOLO example of the basic rock which he feels comfortable with, but not really his best specialty. A good choice as a closer.
Change, Mr. Wonderful, Temptation, I'm Still In Love, Be My Baby Tonight; all undeniable reasons to OWN this CD.
This is a near-perfect CD and a great showcase for Mr. Waite's talents. It includes 10 quality songs which stand out above so much junk of so many decades. Appreciate the quality.