Although Cornerstone, the ninth studio album by Styx, still held on somewhat to the band’s progressive rock beginnings, the shift to more pop oriented songs was obvious. The musical landscape was in the US was changing as the 1970s merged into a new decade and Styx’s music was changing with it. Styx seemed to almost declare the change with Borrowed Time, which kicks off side two with Dennis DeYoung declaring “Don’t look now, but here come the ’80s”.
Cornerstone gave Styx their first and only number one hit with Babe. Shortly after the power-pop balkad came out, it seemed you couldn’t turn the radio for an hour without hearing it. I have to say, I started to grow sick of the song after a while. Listening to it now, I can again appreciate the beauty and tenderness of the song, which Dennis DeYoung wrote for his wife.
“Boat on the River” has always been one of my favorite tracks on Cornerstone. Although it was an overlooked song in the United States, it remains Styx’s biggest hit in Europe.