His first solo album since 1977's Netherlands, Phoenix was a fine effort but one that didn't add any new twists to Fogelberg's ever-expanding vision apparent up till then on one album after another. The album paled somewhat in comparison to Fogelberg's previous efforts and didn't do much to expand his audience. On the other hand, it certainly didn't dissuade many from continuing to support him through buying his records and seeing him play live, both of which contributed to his receiving extensive airplay. "Longer" is perhaps the best track on the album and quickly became a live favorite. The title cut proved again that Fogelberg could rock, and as punk and new wave began creeping into the mainstream, Fogelberg appeared to be one artist who would not fade away as tastes changed.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen J. Matteo