Boston’s Tom Scholz has always followed a simple premise: if something works, don’t change it. Since releasing Boston’s classic debut album in 1976, the veteran guitarist has sometimes frustrated fans with his legendary perfectionism, but the long stretches between albums have always been worth the wait. Boston’s latest LP—Life, Hope and Love
—is no exception. Roiled in 2007 by the tragic death of vocalist Brad Delp, Scholz elected not to replace the singer, but instead took a “vocalist by committee” approach for the new disc. Just as important, Scholz’s trademark guitar sound—rife with beautiful tone and soaring sustain—remains a thing of wonder.