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Cornerstone

Cornerstone

October 19, 1979
4.3 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1979
  • Release Date: January 19, 1987
  • Label: A&M
  • Copyright: (C) 1979 A&M Records
  • Total Length: 38:36
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  • ASIN: B002HTV1FU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,900 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The criticism of this album is well-documented--too many DeYoung ballads, not enough guitar-based rock. While I agree that "The Grand Illusion" and "Pieces Of Eight" are better rock albums, this one stands right up there as a pop/rock masterpiece. "Babe" is of course incredibly overplayed but is still a standout ballad, as is "First Time". Besides these songs, there are no other "sappy ballads" here. 2 out of 9 tracks as ballads is not a bad ratio. "Boat On The River" is mellow but a uniquely enjoyable Tommy Shaw tune--and NOT a ballad. "Lights", "Why Me" (the follow-up single to "Babe") and "Never Say Never" are good mid-tempo rockers. "Eddie" flat out rocks, as does "Borrowed Time". The chorus of "Love In The Midnight" is an example of the best of Tommy and Dennis when they collaborate together. In a nutshell, this album stands up musically to other Styx efforts while not quite as rocking as its predecessors.
As a side note, I totally disagree with those who say that Styx was a talentless band. Each member was musically talented in their own right, and the sum of those parts always made for an interesting and constantly changing sound. Those who call this band "the worst of corporate rock" simply don't like this type of music and should just stick to reviewing their annoying "political" and "alternative" bands or whatever crap they as well as the supposed "music critics" like. After all, you won't find me reviewing something like a Sonic Youth album any time soon.
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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.

ENJOY!!!
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Styx's ninth album Cornerstone was released in September of 1979.
The album is best remembered for singer/keyboard player/chief songwriter Dennis DeYoung's musical love-letter to his wife called "Babe". This song was Styx's first and only No. 1 hit and it helped the band get their third album in a row to Triple Platinum status and the first Top 3 charting album for the band peaking at #2 and it wouldn't be their last.
Led by Babe as well as the following Top 40 single, Dennis' classic about one's worries "Why Me" (which should have been Nancy Kerrigan's theme song from her attack at the hands of Tonya Harding), introduced us to a poppier sounding Styx (fellow prog rock band Genesis had changed their sound at that time as well yet no one complained).
The album experiments with some new sounds as well like horns, strings and conflicting musical styles as the brand of art rock Styx perfected was seen as dying and/or already out of style by 1979 thanks to New Wave and Punk changing the rock landscape.
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Tommy Shaw's "Boat on the River" was a great folk song which showed Tommy was not just full of rock music (like he claimed on Behind the Music) and could have been written by a European folk performer and the song almost didn't get released as band manager Derek Sutton said the song was deplorable but Dennis DeYoung told Tommy Shaw let's record it and it became the band's biggest European hit to this day.
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Cornerstone is a good album. It isn't quite great but is well worth having in my collection. Some of the best songs don't show up on "Greatest Hits" or "Best of" collections so owning the complete album gives me access to some underappreciated Styx music. Lights, Why Me and Never Say Never are terrific. Borrowed Time is exceptional until it goes off the rails for a few seconds. Boat on a River and Love in the Midnight are classic Styx. The album has a nice mix of rock and ballad and balance of lead vocals between Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw. Fans of Styx will enjoy this album and should add it to fill gaps in their collection.
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