Boston
Boston


5.0
classic

Review

by Austin USER (41 Reviews)
April 19th, 2011 | 34 replies | 5,368 views


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More than just another band out of Boston.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Although there are plenty of examples of fun, easy listening rock and roll, few have stood the test of time like Boston’s self-titled debut. Ultimately selling over 15 million copies, it is one of the most successful debut albums of all time, and it is with good reason that it was so successful. Led by Brad Delp’s distinctive high-pitched vocals, Boston’s debut is a collection of catchy, memorable, and uplifting songs that still retain their charm and appeal decades later.

Delp’s soaring melodies are only one half of the equation, as Boston’s debut wouldn’t be complete without Tom Scholz’ fantastic instrumental compositions. His songwriting skills were at their peak on this album, as he delivers well-crafted melodic guitar riffs and solos throughout the album. Scholz was an expert at creating complex arrangements with multi-layered guitar and vocal tracks but he was always able to keep it within the context of radio-friendly rock songs. He was also able to show off a bit with the lengthy intro and subsequent guitar solos in Foreplay/Long Time and the keyboard-driven jam session in Smokin’, but he never got carried away in displaying his technical prowess, working alongside Delp to craft songs that would be remembered long past the era in which they created.

It’s fair to say they have succeeded. The fact that the first five songs have been radio staples for so many years is telling of the staying power that the album has had. It didn’t stop at the singles either, as even the lesser known tracks in the latter half of the album are excellent, particularly the more laidback Hitch A Ride. Although this album was not the only successful effort in the band’s career, they would never reach these heights again. Boston’s self-titled debut is the epitome of classic rock and an essential listen for any fan of rock and roll.



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tiesthatbind
April 19th 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Decided a shorter writeup was best for this.

Hans where you at?

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vmcoia91
April 19th 2011



555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album. Hitch a Ride has one of my favorite guitar solos ever.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2011



6937 Comments


Nice, concise read ties. posnezz

Josh D.
April 19th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album. Hitch a Ride has one of my favorite guitar solos ever


She likes Kubrick, Scorcese, and Boston.







Dream girl.

Spec
April 19th 2011



27062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Totally thought this site would hate on them.

LepreCon
April 19th 2011



3600 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jizzzzzzzzzzz

Josh D.
April 19th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Totally thought this site would hate on them.


I've listened to Boston since I was a kid.

tiesthatbind
April 19th 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^This

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2011



15339 Comments


perhaps my favorite classic rock album. phenomenal job ties, always love your write ups.

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

tiesthatbind
April 19th 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks dude.

Josh D.
April 19th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I gave this to my dad on vinyl for birthday/Father's Day.

Fuck, I want it.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MORE THAN A FEEEEEELING

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what the hell I don't have this rated? hmmm, I should probably give it a 4, I just don't know it's worth bumping it to a 4.5 because the first song off this KILLS ME on rock band.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2011



6937 Comments


Boston now has Aids lol

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

or wait, I think that's Foreplay/Long Time.

either way

boom

4.5'd

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2011



30882 Comments


Totally thought this site would hate on them.


I thought the same thing when I saw the 3 other 5 reviews for this album

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Gyromania
April 19th 2011



15200 Comments


^ Haha. This album is decent, but I don't get the ardent praise.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahahaha one of the other reviewers is called "AeroZeppelin1"
I wonder if he's related to MetallicOpeth

KILL
April 19th 2011



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its a nirvana song m/

album rules hard

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Spec
April 19th 2011



27062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Deviant. Do you seriously have nothing better to do than wait all day for me to comment?



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