Album review: Boston, Walk On (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 1, 1994

By Steve Newton

Twenty years ago, I liked Boston. The band’s tight harmonies, uplifting melodies, and surging, echo-laden guitars could always put a smile on my teenage face. Heck, even now I’ll reminisce about those halcyon mid-’70s rock days by cranking up “More Than a Feeling” now and again.

But my early fondness for the band does not carry over to Walk On, the fourth recording to carry the Boston moniker (and the famous spaceship on the cover). Like disco did in the ’70s, Boston sucks in the ’90s.

Guitarist Tom Scholz is the only original member left in the Boston lineup, and he is fully responsible for its current sad state. As well as writing most of the material, producing, engineering, and arranging, Scholz sits in on organ, piano, clavinet, keyboard strings, bass, and drums, and shares the six-string duties with former Sammy Hagar guitarist Gary Pihl.

Scholz’s wearing of many hats might seem impressive, but the lightweight ballads, masturbatory instrumentals, and sappy, pseudo-70s boogie tunes that result from it are better left unheard. Walk On by this on, if you please.

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