To those of you who are here bemoaning the fact that this album sounds like a "total 80's album" I have just one thing to say: It IS an 80'S album! I realize that the band included a pair of very highly regarded progressive rock guitarists (Yes/Asia's Steve Howe and Genesis's Steve Hackett), but were you really expecting high concept art rock in 1986, especially with Geoff Downes's involvement as producer? This is exactly like hearing ELP fans dump on the 3 album for not sounding exactly like ELP.
I think it helps to look at GTR's 1986 debut album like you would an Asia album. You know the players involved will have the technical chops to pull off progressive rock, but that making a good pop/rock album is the main focus. To that end, I think GTR passed with flying colors. This is a very solid effort, and is the kind of 80's pop-oriented rock album on par with what Asia and 3 were releasing at the time. Yes, it is very heavy on the synthesizers, but that was par for the course in the mid 80's. Howe and Hackett deliver very solid performances, but both kept their (justified) egos firmly in check, which no doubt infuriates those who expected an all-out solo-fest. Vocalist Max Bacon (Bronz, Nightwing) also shines on this album. It's a shame we haven't heard more from him in recent years. Leadoff singles "When the Heart Rules the Mind" and "the Hunter" are obvious highlights (the former being very reminiscent of Orion the Hunter's "So You Ran"), but the whole album is quite good.
This is a fantastic 80's pop/rock album, and one that should definitely appeal to fans of 80's pop/rock/AOR in general and Asia in particular. The key is judging the album on its own merits rather than expecting something unrealistic.