“Boston’s long-awaited fourth album, Walk On, which this time took Tom Scholz a full seven years to complete, failed to capture the attention of most AOR fans” (Erlewine). It was hard enough on fans to wait eight years between 1978’s Don’t Look Back and 1986’s Third Stage. However, those were at least multi-platinum #1 albums that each produced top 5 pop hits. This time around, the wait proved too much and bandleader Tom “Scholz’s legendary perfectionism didn’t yield the same results it did in the past” (Erlewine).
This album was still a top 10 platinum seller, but that was a far cry from Boston’s previous commercial success. “The production is certainly state of the art and is overflowing with detail, there aren’t any memorable songs or hooks to justify such extravagance. On the surface, the record sounds fine, but there is no substance beneath the layers of gloss” (Erlewine).