After several strong smooth jazz albums, this album marked the beginning of their the group's transition to more "serious" traditional straight-ahead jazz. The critics and hardcore fans loved the new direction. We smooth jazz aficionados did not (and be "we" I mean me). Oh well, despite the addition or strings and a focus on more acoustic instruments, there are a few good tunes here because while the approach was changing, the group still consisted of writers who knew the value of a good melody. The musicians work hard and I'd go see them in concert if they were appearing nearby. Not a bad album by any means, but I'll continue to favor the group's '80s output.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: My picks for this album include Freedomland, Seven Stars, Liam/Rain Dance, and the Methenyish Invisible People. Skip the rambling, self-indulgent title track.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None
Previously revisited for the blog:
Like A River (1993)
Mirage à Trois (1983)