From the monthly archives: "February 2006"

Never Surrender Review:

To follow up an album like Allied Forces is for sure not an easy task, and Triumph did its best. Unfortunately, Never Surrender just wasn’t the same commercial success as Allied Forces and it missed the mark.

The album starts off strong. With the furious rocker “Too Much Thinking” followed by “A World Of Fantasy,” things really get rolling. Unfortunately, the second half of the album has a more tedious feel to it, which is hard to swallow.

Also included are several impressive instrumentals that showcase Rik’s guitar talent, and Gil’s drumming. Although the album did have some good songs, it just didn’t seem to fit together as well as Allied Forces did.

Just A Game Review:

This album is known by most as the record that introduced Triumph to the rest of the world, and they couldn’t have started off on a better note! Just A Game is a nice little album, easy to sit down and enjoy, which makes it a great factor to appealing to many people. The album also have a nice balance of some good rock and roll (Lay It On The Line, Hold On, American Girls), some amazing blues-rock that does a good job of showcasing Rik’’s guitar playing talents (Suitcase Blues, Young Enough To Cry) and some more prog rock tracks (Just A Game). A solid album that sure promised more good things to come from Triumph!

Date Reviewed: 02/15/06
Reviewer: Scott
Location: Quebec

Allied Forces Review:

Without a second thought, Triumph’s Allied Forces is definitely one of the quintessential rock albums of the 1980s. Beginning with the hard rocking “Fool for Your Love” and ending off with the lighter, more carefree “Say Goodbye,” this record keeps the hits coming one after the other. Not only was this a change for Triumph’s sound, it also sported smash songs like “Magic Power” and “Fight the Good Fight.” Even the more over looked “Ordinary Man” displays some amazing song writing and vocal talent.

Date Reviewed: 02/15/06
Reviewer: Scott
Location: Quebec