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Better than I thought it would be
on April 16, 2001
First off let me state that I have been a huge fan of Journey since the late 1970's early 1980's. I have to say that Steve Perry has got to be the best male vocalist in rock music and the thought of a Journey album without him almost seems unnatural. When I had first heard that Steve Perry had been replaced as the singer for Journey, I vowed never to buy another new Journey CD again. But after hearing several people compare the new singer to that of Steve Perry, I just had to hear what they could come up with. Now while I have to say that the classic Journey sound is back (Escape and before), the truth is that something is missing. The bands new Steve, while yes he does sound like Steve Perry at times, is not the dead ringer that I had heard about. In fact, he sounds more like Steve Perry mixed with Dave Meniketti (of Y&T), and Johnny Gioeli of Neal Schons Journey hiatus band Hardline. While that combo isn't bad, it isn't what you've come to expect from Journey. Where as Perry's voice always seemed smooth and natural no matter how he sang, Augeri's voice on the otherhand seems to range from smooth to screaming. After listening to Arrival my only thoughts on Augeri's voical work are 1) what these songs would sound like if sung by Perry and 2)why is it that Augeri's vocals seemed to be drowned out by everything else.
As for the songwriting, Steve Perry's other major talent, the songs on Arrival again seem to be missing something. While the music is fluid, the lyrics however are not. A few of the songs seem like they could have used a little more time and a few more drafts. As for standout songs, Arrival has a few, and I'd have to say that they are 'Higher Place,' 'Signs of Life,' 'Lifetime of Dreams,' and 'To be Alive Again.' Of the 15 tracks on Arrival, those 4 seem to sound the most Journey. Am I saying that you shouldn't buy Arrival, no, what I'm saying is that if you are a true Journey fan you'll like it however if you only liked Journey because of Steve Perry, than Arrival will disappoint.