I took a chance on this album based on the international hit single contained therein, I want to know what love is, which became a number one hit in Britain and elsewhere. I love the ballads but I'm so not keen on the rocking songs, because Lou Gramm seems to be shouting rather than singing.
The set opens with one of the rocking songs (Tooth and nail) then continues with two superb love ballads (That was yesterday, I want to know what love is) that were both released as singles. Next comes another excellent ballad (Growing up the hard way), though as the title suggests, it is not a love song but describes life's struggles. Two rocking songs (Reaction to action, Stranger in my house) precede more great ballads (Love in vain, Down on love, Two different worlds). The album closes with another rocking song (She's too tough), but this one works much better for my ears than the other rockers here.
Foreigner liked to consider themselves as a hard-rock group, but while they could certainly rock with the best, I quickly realized why their biggest hits were all ballads. Lou Gramm is a fine ballad singer but he struggles with the up-tempo songs. Fans of hard-rock music tend to be more interested in the music rather than the singing, and some of them despise ballads.
On reflection, I wonder how many people will truly love every track here, but although I'm not one of them, I enjoyed enough of the album to make me glad I bought it.