The Spiral Notebook, by Rik Emmett (1996): Rik is best known as the fleet-fingered guitarist and high-flying lead vocalist (my brother called him "The Nutless Wonder") of Canadian power trio Triumph. When I got this disc from Columbia House I was hoping that it would showcase those talents, albeit probably in a more grown-up manner. Sadly, that's not the case. Although Rik's voice is great and he can still rip off some killer licks, his song writing (on this album, at least) has gone to pot. There's nothing here that rises about garden variety adult rock. Not appalling, by any means, not not inspiring, either.