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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still spine tingling
26 years on, Boston release their fifth album. The music still has that spine tingling effect; Scholz has the ability to make the hairs on your neck stand on end. The strongest tracks are the ones Scholz has written himself. The weaker tracks come courtesy of a bizarre Dolly Parton pastiche ("With You", written and performed by Kim Dahme) and the indulgent "Turn It Off"...
Published on 9 Dec 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Half empty, or half full?
Corporate America was something of a departure for Tom Scholz, both in composition and recording, as well as in marketing and distribution. I didn't much care for it when first released in 2002, but having dusted it off five years later, I found myself enjoying it far more than I thought possible. Released as a 5-track EP, it might have fared better with the Boston fan...
Published on 11 May 2007 by Daiho


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3.0 out of 5 stars Half empty, or half full?, 11 May 2007
Corporate America was something of a departure for Tom Scholz, both in composition and recording, as well as in marketing and distribution. I didn't much care for it when first released in 2002, but having dusted it off five years later, I found myself enjoying it far more than I thought possible. Released as a 5-track EP, it might have fared better with the Boston fan base. It is doubtful, though, that anything could have made it a better seller. Time has left the Boston sound behind.

Corporate America was Boston's first release on a minor label, previous albums having been issued by CBS, MCA and Sony. Now defunct, Artemis Records was an independent label specializing in niche marketing of recordings by bands and musicians past their prime. Boston fit the profile perfectly, having sold fewer and fewer albums with each successive release, relying for financial survival on 30 and 40 years old that grew up to Boston's music in the 70's and 80's.

The album that composer, guitarist, engineer, and producer Tom Scholz delivered to Artemis featured the largest collection of musicians yet assembled for a Boston recording. Returning were stalwart vocalist and alter-ego, Brad Delp, and his sound-alike from Walk On, Fran Cosmo, as well as guitarist Gary Phil. New members included Cosmo's son, guitarist Anthony, country/blues songwriter and bassist Kimberly Dahme and history teacher/drummer Jeff Neal. Besides recording their performances, Scholz also recorded several of their compositions, making Corporate America the least Boston-like album in the band's abbreviated discography.

Of the 10 songs, five sound like classic Boston - song structure built on melody and hooks and embellished with carefully crafted guitar and vocal harmonies. Four have memorable melodies - I Had a Good Time, With You, Someone, Didn't Mean to Fall in Love, You Gave Up on Love. The title track unfortunately relies on cheesy sounding synthesizers and synthetic percussion, and sounds suspiciously like Higher Power, one of the three original tracks on the band's 2000 Greatest Hits release. As it happens the rest of the songs were written by band members other than Tom Scholz and so sound very little like Boston. The one that comes closest is Kimberly Dahme's With You, a lovely song that begins quietly with acoustic guitar and a female voice inflected with a bit of country twang. The song is accented with perhaps the most understated electric guitar parts in any Boston recording, along with some nice overdubbed vocal harmonies. Two songs from Anthony Cosmo (Stare Out Your Window, Cryin') sound like B-sides from an Oasis recording, while a third song, Turn It Off, falls somewhere between Boston and 90's prog metal. The album finishes with a live recording of Living For You, a song from 1994's Walk On and an out-of-place addition to Corporate America.

While admittedly Boston's least satisfying album, give credit to Scholz for trying to do something different. Prior to the suicide of Brad Delp in March 2007, Scholz was working on new material and remastering some older stuff that has been lingering in his vaults. Let's hope he has a few more interesting surprises up his sleeves - and that we don't have to wait another decade to hear it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still spine tingling, 9 Dec 2002
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26 years on, Boston release their fifth album. The music still has that spine tingling effect; Scholz has the ability to make the hairs on your neck stand on end. The strongest tracks are the ones Scholz has written himself. The weaker tracks come courtesy of a bizarre Dolly Parton pastiche ("With You", written and performed by Kim Dahme) and the indulgent "Turn It Off". Furthermore, why include "Livin' For You", already on the excellent "Walk On"? Otherwise, this album has the usual mix of soaring guitars, excellent vocals and politically aware lyrics. All fans of this unique band should buy this as tracks 1,8 and 9 are worth the money alone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOSTON walks on towards new territories..., 15 April 2005
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Nuka Moller Lund (Greenland.) - See all my reviews
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This isn't the usual Boston-product we've been used to from the past. Instead it's diverse - meaning it has got the usual Boston trademark tracks on there, but also a few different things.
If you're a Boston-fan from the past you'd probably really like I Had A Good Time, Someone, Didn't Mean To Fall In Love and You Gave Up On Love. The title-track Corporate America is sort-of a modern sounding BOSTON-track with a very polished production. Stare Out Your Window isn't a Scholz-track, but sounds more like Oasis with the addition of pretty strong backing-vocals. Turn It Off is different too and rocks pretty hard. Originally it was much shorter and monotonous, but Scholz opened it up with the addition of a midsection and a soaring guitarsolo. Judge for yourself. Cryin' is also different from the usual Boston and sounds like something else...
I don't like the country-song called With You and thinks it's totally misplaced on this album. However they did record a rockin' version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen which was downloadable on the record-company's website at some point. It's much much better than With You and should have been included on this instead...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the end!!!, 14 May 2004
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Well this about wraps it up for Boston. What a shame that they end on a whimper not a bang. A more MOR and self smug album you have yet to hear, it should have "Only for vegans" on the cover (no offence to vegans intended). The fire finally went out on Boston with this release, everything seems Boston by numbers and tired and bloated. Rock by numbers, nothing to stir the soul or give you goosebumps like their first album. Do yourself a favour and miss this one out and just remember Boston when they were great.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Same Old Boston, 17 Jan 2003
It was really exciting to hear that Boston were about to release new material after so long away, and upon listening to the CD you can still hear certain tracks and say "That's Boston", although it's definitely not all that way.
The main review for this CD rates tracks 1, 8 & 9 - that's no coincidence as original vocalist Brad Delp sings tracks 1 & 8. No doubt Tom Sholtz feels that he "is" Boston and any vocalist with his (no arguments here) fantastic guitar sound and technique will do, but I'm sorry to say that it's the combination of Tom Sholtz guitar work and Brad Delp's amazing vocals that really "IS" Boston and that will never change for any seasoned Boston Fan.
In conclusion, if you're expecting another "Boston", "Don't Look Back" or even "Third Stage" you WILL be disappointed (It's also very interesting to see that a copy of this CD is already for sale second hand on this site and it hasn't even been officially released in the UK yet!). If you have wide musical tastes and can bear to hear other vocalists plying their trade on tracks that were crying out for Brad Delp, give it a try. The CD overall deserves 2 stars, but I have given it 3 stars as at least Brad Delp had the opportunity to remind us of better days. Shame the reality didn't live up to the hype.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Corporate America, 5 Aug 2012
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Not as many great tracks as I was expecting from the mighty Boston. I Has A Good Time is by far the best track.
Unfortunately the voice of Brad Delp can never be copied or imitated plus Boston do not need a female vocalist.
Tom Scholz guitar work is exceptional as usual, great sound.

DAve Young
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated, 11 Dec 2013
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Troels Rasmussen (Charlottenlund Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This might not be classic Boston however there are some killer songs here and Scholz makes a bold statement on the title track.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Anodyne, 15 July 2013
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Deeply unsatisfactory album from one of the great pioneers of American rock. Bought it on a whim, but not happy. Few redeeming features......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boston - Corporate America CD, 19 Oct 2011
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ianwas (Near London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Corporate America [Us Import]This album was the last one on which Brad Delp (Boston lead singer) sung on with Boston before his death in 2007.

I pre-ordered this cd when it was released back in 2004-ish from my local Virgin Records store (no longer). These are pretty rare and often sell for over 25 second hand and over 50 new! I seen this on Amazon for 9.99 and snapped it up! So now I have two copies, never mind eh.

This is very different from previous Boston albums (Boston's 'Walk On' album was also very different as Brad Delp did NOT sing on Walk On). Here we have Brad back singing BUT the band now also has a female singer/base guitarist too. Very different, very political too - hence the title and title song 'Corporate America'! Some very decent songs and the Boston sound but not to everyone's taste I suppose. But it is becoming a real collectors item. You heard it here first. I'm a huge Boston fan and always on the lookout for Boston collectables......

Enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' Roll 'n' politics? Not too sure 'bout that..., 5 Jun 2009
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Mr. C. T. Brand "Dark Matter" (Norfolk, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Having only just got hold of this album I have to say that it doesn't quite fire me up to the same degree as its predecessors. The immense wall of sound produced by Tom Scholz is still as good as ever, but there's something about the songs and vocal style that just isn't Boston. Reminiscent of someone that I just can't place. Not a bad album by any means, but not quite up to the standard of the previous releases.
But that's just my opinion, it may change in time...
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