Often cited by critics as Jackson's best work (though I prefer the angst-filled "Pretender"), this is a wonderful album, which I have been listening to regularly since 1974, and never grown tired of. Never one to forget his past, Jackson's lyrics are deeply personal, but have universal significance. "For a Dancer" evokes precisely the mixed emotions of parenthood, while "Before the Deluge" is a masterpiece, in which Jackson delivers his best line - "Let the music keep our spirits high". He delivers on the promise too. Great stuff.