This album brings together some of Bread's best ballads and a few strong rock songs too. They often seem to start an album with a rocky song, and 'Mother freedom' is arguably the heaviest song they have ever done. It is also excellent and catchy, and I don't really like this sort of music, so that is saying something! 'Down on my knees' is also fairly upbeat and catchy, but not as good.
The ballads again stand out, and Griffin writes some of his best. 'Dream lady' has an infectious melody, and nice backing vocals, with the gutiar plucking away. 'Just like yesterday' is one of his best piano ballads ever, and I love 'Games of magic' for its melody. Another ballad, without any drums.
GAtes is also on form. 'Diary' is his 'Aubrey' of the album, with a beautiful set of lyrics, definitely my favourite by Bread, and a gorgeous string arrangement, with subtle backing vocals by James. 'Baby I'm a want you' is really well known and desrvedly so, for it is beautiful. I love 'everything I own' also, particularly the middle eight, where I am still not sure if a guitar is being played, or it is actually a harp.
Only one song is noticeably weaker for me, the substandard 'this isn't what the governmeant'. Apart from the clear pun this is an irritating dirge of a number, that should have been left off and replaced with something else.
Still highly highly recommended!