The only reason this album is slated is because it does not contain the music for which America were loved- ie- Acoustic guitars and harmonies TO THE FORE of their work. There are, in fact, loads of harmonies and acoustic guitars, just plenty of synths too.
So what? It is still melodic genius.
So many of the songs sound excellent and melodious, unlike 'your move' where I forget most of the tunes, after listening to it.
Beckley I think was establishing himself as the leader of the group and his songs are amazing. 'Special girl' and '5th avenue' are great ballads. even the pop songs are melodic and are still definitely America.
Dewey Bunnel tries his hand at reggae, 'lady with a bluebeard'- weakest track in my opinion, but still not a bad song. His best contribution is definitely 'can't fall asleep to a lullabye'. Beautiful melody, plenty of acoustic guitars, for the critics of this album, and the sax solo is clearly one of the best the group did.
I'll go out on a limb- possibly their best recording from the 80's. Great, talented stuff.