14 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Foreigner’s 1977 debut album was a fist into the face of American hard rock radio. It sold more than 5 million copies and set the English-American band on a hitmaking track that lasted years. Buoyed by ubiquitous riff-verse-chorus-riff hits such as “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice,” the album truly rewards with the deeper cuts. “Starrider” (featuring guitarist Mick Jones on lead vocals) winks to early-’70s prog and ’60s psych-pop; “Woman Oh Woman” recalls John Lennon. “At War with the World” rattles the foundations, while “Fool for You Anyway” is a folkish ride into the sunset.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Foreigner’s 1977 debut album was a fist into the face of American hard rock radio. It sold more than 5 million copies and set the English-American band on a hitmaking track that lasted years. Buoyed by ubiquitous riff-verse-chorus-riff hits such as “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice,” the album truly rewards with the deeper cuts. “Starrider” (featuring guitarist Mick Jones on lead vocals) winks to early-’70s prog and ’60s psych-pop; “Woman Oh Woman” recalls John Lennon. “At War with the World” rattles the foundations, while “Fool for You Anyway” is a folkish ride into the sunset.

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