Boston released its fifth album Corporate America in 2002. The album did a little business but was largely viewed as a disappointment. Now it's out of print and relatively sought after (it goes for about $20). Allmusic gave it 3 stars (fans, 3.5 stars) and I largely agree with them. I think the strength of the album are the Delp cuts (the wonderful "I Had A Good Time," as well as "Someone," and "Didn't Mean To Fall In Love"), though the naive title track is also one of my favorites. I like some of the experimentation in places too. The album, however, makes a few important missteps: 1. It's jarring to listen to. While the previous, platinum selling Walk On sounded cohesive and executed with a singular vision, Corporate America: - features a lot of different singers. - has an uneven tempo and feel - fast, slow, fast, slow. - has too many acoustic tracks - "Stare Out Your Window," "With You," "Cryin'," and (to a lesser extent) "You Gave Up On Love" are decent cuts, but it may have been more effective to keep one of them, and then only as the final or penultimate song on the album. - has a throwaway live track that better befits a greatest hits compilation. 2. A lot of the solos seem restrained or muted on the album, not exemplifying Scholz's typically electrifying and uplifting style. As a contrast, consider the extended solo on "Surrender To Me" to a rewarding climax, as just one example. 3. Tom Scholz should really stop playing drums - while drums were never a big aspect to the Boston sound, Scholz's playing is unimaginative, repetitive, and well, distracting in a lot of places (a problem that got even bigger on 2013's Life, Love & Hope). More straight ahead, Walk On largely overcame Scholz's limitations. Corporate America is then a missed opportunity. A more cohesive vision with a couple superior tracks and this could have been a winner. It does look better in comparison to what came after, but that is damning with faint praise.