Triumph were a Canadian rock institution in the late seventies and throughout the eighties. For Triumph, success was hard-earned. They were renown for their live act most of all — although they did have a handful of moderately successful FM radio hits. All the while it seems that Triumph lived in the shadow of Rush — another Canadian power trio experiencing great success during the same time period. Triumph were not favored by critics and where often (unfairly) called “a poor man’s Rush”.
With Progressions Of Power, Triumph delivered a fairly consistent slab of upbeat, non-threatening arena rock. Like their band name implies, Triumph radiated a positive, “can-do” attitude in many of their songs. I Live For The Weekend and I Can Survive (my personal fave) are two prime examples of quintessential Triumph. These are songs meant to get the live audience on their feet and singing along. The only time things get a little sketchy on Progressions Of Power is the sappy, easy listening of Take My Heart on side two (although I’ve warmed up to it over time). The album recovers though, and closes strong with the acoustic instrumental Fingertalkin’ and the convincing finale Hard Road. My score: B+