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Styx's ninth studio album landed the group a breakthrough hit with the post-prog ballad “Babe.” At the time of its 1979 release, Cornerstone was otherwise panned for not being as strong as some of Styx's earlier albums. But because the band dialed down its tendency to over-layer synth tracks, Cornerstone has aged pretty well. Check out the opening “Lights,” where the melodies and soaring five-part vocal harmonies stand out above the other instrumentation. Also, the use of clavinet over the band’s usual spacy keyboard textures makes for a more organic groove. The following “Why Me” boasts a bombastic approach to prog-pop that had more in common with Broadway show tunes than anything recorded by Styx's contemporaries like Asia, Alan Parsons Project, or 10cc. Tommy Shaw’s “Never Say Never” was an especially strong track that balanced balladry with Journey-style stadium rock. Similarly, his “Boat on the River” is a Roma-tinged standout. Shaw’s presence is stronger throughout Cornerstone, as his songwriting and confidence as a frontman were ramping up to his underrated 1984 solo debut album.

Customer Reviews

My Favorite Styx Album

This has always been and always will be my favorite Styx Album. This is Styx at their best. Despite Babe, and First Time....Simply Awesome from Track to Track! BUY!

Aside From "Babe", Still A Strong Album

This is may the least coveted of all Styx albums, which is unfortunate, because it is still a solid effort. Although far more commercial than some previous efforts, this album still has highlights such as the first track "Lights" which retains an infectious vocal melody. "Borrowed Time" shows of some ambitious keyboard work, while "Boat On A River" and "Why Me" show the Tommy Shaw influence. Listen to some of the samples and decide for yourself.


Scotti dog in FL has no clue, and probably not from that era. This is one of the best from STYX


Formed: 1970 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they began as an artsy prog rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late '60s, the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the '70s, the group...
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