A good Styx record for many reasons
Johnny Boy | Hockessin, DE | 06/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1979's 'Cornerstone' is often panned and put down by Styx fans. True, it is very different from the Wooden Nickel-era Styx that released 'Lady' in 1972 and the early A&M years Styx that put out 'Equinox' and 'The Grand Illusion,' to name a few, but this isn't a bad Styx record at all.
In fact, I think it's well worthy of five stars. Sure, many people buy this for 'Babe,' the band's first and only #1 hit, but there is far more to 'Cornerstone' than just that one song.
For example, 'Borrowed Time' is a superb rocker from Styx. It starts off as somewhat of a melodic song, with some catchy keyboard lines from Dennis, and than the guitar riffs from J.Y. and Tommy start to kick in. It's one of my all-time favorite Styx songs.
Another great song is 'Lights.' John's drum intro is superb, and the lyrics are meaningful and powerful at the same time. It is definitely a must-listen for any Styx fan.
While this is not as good as 'The Grand Illusion,' 'Equinox' and 'Pieces of Eight' or maybe one of their earlier Wooden Nickel masterpieces such as 'The Serpent Is Rising,' it's still worth your time.
Styx could make ballads and rock and roll songs, and 'Cornerstone' proves it. If you've never checked out this record or your too afraid to, don't be. This record features many great tunes besides 'Babe.'
Overall, this is highly recommended for any Styx fan. The whole record is great.
Highly recommended. Not their best record, but still great.