(All Album Reviews by maribor)
Wildest Dreams is one of the most bashed Saga albums. But for me there's no such thing as a terrible Saga album. There's something to enjoy on every album of theirs (even Steel Umbrellas and The Pleasure and The Pain).
On this album, Saga is down to a three-piece (Sadler with the Krytens), augmented by drummer Kurt Cress.
I've read some reviews on some sites describing this album as techno-punk, whatever that may be. I only hear a typical Saga album. There are plenty of heavy guitar sounds and great solos, some tasteful keyboards although sometimes the effects are a bit too saccharine for my liking.
The album is structured in a typical Saga fashion. There's a good balance between the harder rocking numbers and the ballads, with the heavier tracks just outweighing the love songs.
I don't really expect Saga to fulfill my needs for more exciting music but when I'm in the mood for something simpler and basic, Saga is a good place to start. And this album fills this need just as well as any other from this Canadian band. I don't expect long compositions, strange metaphoric lyrics or odd time signatures but simplicity with the addition of virtuoso guitar playing.
6.5 out of 10. Recommended.