Sound — 8
The album Boston (by Boston) had amazing reception for a debut album, with great reviews and amazing sales. Almost every single song from the album went on to be a well known hit for most classic rock fans. The sound on this album is really outstanding. The album is full of really great, upbeat rock songs that remain in the same general style throughout the album. This is generally a good thing, but sometimes it's nice to hear a variety in the style and a little something to mix things up here and there. Right from the start the band grabs your attention with "More Than a Feeling", and will keep you listening until the end. The structure of the songs and the way the instruments fit together are so well done it will leave you thinking that the band has been doing this for a while, even if it is their very first album. The actual instrumentation, while not too technically difficult for the most part, is amazing. Boston proves that the music doesn't need to be incredibly complicated to make an impression and become famous. What you get in this album is just pure, straight-out, upbeat rock. Sib Hashion, the bands drummer (other than on the song "Rock and Roll Band") is for the most part not overly insane in terms of drum fills and complicated beats, but that fits perfectly with Boston's style and makes the drums really support the rest of the band. Tom Scholz, mainly the groups guitarist (although also plays some other instruments in different songs) delivers with amazing skill on both the acoustic and electric guitars, clearly contrasting the two while keeping them together, making them both sound great when alone and together. He also plays bass for the group, and instead of the quiet, non-existant bass we hear in most rock songs, it really sticks out and makes it an important part in each of the songs. The other assorted musicians who played instruments for some of the songs also do a great job, and together all the musicians made a really great album. Although the bands musicians are great individually, the thing that's greatest about them is their ability to play together. The band has a super tight sound that really helps the song feel great together, and also has a good balance. So overall, this album is really great, especially for it being a debut album. A little more variety in the style and structure of the songs would go a long way. Also, although the simplicity of the music makes it catchy and fun to listen to, sometimes it would be nice to throw in some complicated parts just to switch up the mood and recatch our interest. Amazing job though.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in this song suit the album; upbeat, catchy, and simple. This is definitely no bad thing, as often you'll find yourself singing along or getting a song stuck in your head. If you're looking for music with hidden meanings, metaphors, or something else, you won't get it here. The message behind each song is simple ("Rock and Roll Band", for instance, is about making a rock and roll band!), but will leave you wanting to listen to it again, and will make the lyrics stay fresh in your head. Once again, sometimes it's nice to make things a little more complicated once in a while, and drift away from the blunt and obvious lyrics. On actual vocals (and guitar on "Let Me Take You Home Tonight") we have Brad Delp. His voice is pretty much made for this band. He has high, powerful vocals, that really deliver the message of the songs. The occasional screech is thrown in here and there, but its the exception rather than the rule, and gives that little bit of extra energy to keep the song feeling fast-paced and moving. His singing is great, and there's not much to complain about other then the occasional time where his voice doesn't change to fit with the song.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, for a debut album, this is pretty much as good as you're going to get. Some of my favourite songs include "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", and "Foreplay/Longtime". The album is just as interesting each time through, and doesn't get old too fast. It's great if you like classic rock, hard rock, or just want some upbeat, catchy songs to help you through your day. If you haven't heard it, I highly suggest you at least check it out.