Edge of the Century

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Edge of the Century
Styx - Edge of the Century.jpg
Studio album by Styx
ReleasedOctober 9, 1990
RecordedApril - August 1990, Chicago Recording Company, Chicago
GenreHard rock, pop rock
Length42:35
LabelA&M
ProducerDennis DeYoung
Styx chronology
Caught in the Act
(1984)
Edge of the Century
(1990)
Return to Paradise
(1997)
Singles from Edge of the Century
  1. "Love Is the Ritual"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Show Me the Way"
    Released: December 5, 1990
  3. "Love at First Sight"
    Released: 1991

Edge of the Century is the twelfth studio album by Styx, released in 1990. It was the first Styx album featuring A&M solo artist Glen Burtnik, the only album to feature the Dennis DeYoung/James Young/Glen Burtnik/Chuck Panozzo/John Panozzo lineup, and the last album to feature John Panozzo on drums before his death in 1996.

The album spawned three singles. "Show Me the Way" was written by DeYoung and peaked at #3 on both the Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart and Adult Contemporary Chart due to the Gulf War Troops adopting the song as an anthem.[citation needed] Some radio stations played an edited version with the children of troops singing.[citation needed] "Love Is the Ritual", (Pop singles peak #80) written by Burtnik and Plinky, and "Love at First Sight", (Pop singles chart peak, #25) written by Burtnik, DeYoung and Young, were also released as singles, but neither garnered the same amount of success as "Show Me the Way".

The album was certified gold by the RIAA.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyC [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Is the Ritual" (Glen Burtnik, Plinky) – 3:48
  2. "Show Me the Way" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:35
  3. "Edge of the Century" (Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger) – 4:20
  4. "Love at First Sight" (Glen Burtnik, Dennis DeYoung, James Young) – 4:35
  5. "All in a Day's Work" (Glen Burtnik, Dennis DeYoung) - 4:11
  6. "Not Dead Yet" (Ralph Covert) – 3:32
  7. "World Tonite" (Glen Burtnik) - 3:38
  8. "Carrie Ann" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:26
  9. "Homewrecker" (James Young, Dennis DeYoung) – 5:12
  10. "Back to Chicago" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:18

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Dennis DeYoung
  • Engineer: Phil Bonanno
  • Album cover art and design: Hugh Syme
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 63

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Love Is the Ritual" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
The Billboard Hot 100 80
"Show Me the Way" 3
Top Adult Contemporary 3
1991 "Love at First Sight" The Billboard Hot 100 25
Top Adult Contemporary 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 789. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.