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MP3 Music, September 16, 2008
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What keeps the album from breaking through to brilliant is that perhaps the boldness was tempered TOO MUCH. Taking a few more chances songwriting-wise and incorporating a few more interesting production techniques could really have a huge difference at the top end. If Amazon had decimals, this album would get a 4.3.
The current Journey lineup, which remains a highly successful touring act, is now in its seventh year and the Steve Perry-esque Steve Augeri remains at the mic, supported by the entire band on this release: for the first time in Journey's thirty-year history, every band member gets a turn to sing lead on a song.
Although Augeri develops his own vocal style toward a harder rocking Robert Plant-like edge on this release ("Believe"), Augeri's delivery can nevertheless steer eerily close to Perry's ("The Place in Your Heart").
"The Place in Your Heart" could be "Separate Ways, Part II," and, in fact, seems to be a reflection on the theme of separation, but this time from the perspective of the process of reconciliation.
"Butterfly" is a beautiful power ballad, solo-penned by Augeri, which is straight out of the Journey-swoon playbook and shows that Augeri has absorbed the "Journey-system" of songwriting very well.Read more ›
The opening track is "Faith In The Heartland," an excellent rock and roll song about holding onto hope in the face of a changing, dangerous world.Read more ›
I found it interesting that they switch the lead vocals around - notable examples are Neal Schon on "Self Defense" and Ross Valory on "She's Gone Crazy." (that's one to crank up, it's a fun song) Those who are familiar with Journey before Steve Perry (and have the album "Next") know that Neal sang lead vocals on the song "Karma." Neal also sang lead vocals on his solo album "Late Nite." He's a better guitarist than singer (duh) but he can sing to a degree. He's good if you want a sort of grungy voice.
"Butterfly (She Flies Alone)" and "Beyond the Clouds" are power ballads fronted by Steve Augeri that are more reminiscent of "Escape" or "Frontiers."
Over all I really enjoy this CD - it's fresh, the guitar is awesome and it's a refreshing change from all the syrupy pop and horrid rap/dance garbage that seems to be polluting the airwaves. The problem is that no one will probably hear these songs played on the radio which is a real shame.
Yes it's 80's style music which makes it necessary to make a distinction - there was bad 80's music and good 80's music. This is better than a lot of the good 80's music. Enjoy and don't be afraid to admit your closet pleasure is cranking up Journey in the car!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as the first album with the new Steve. Some good songs though. One of them was updated on a recent album with Arnel. Read morePublished 13 months ago by GTRJUNKIE
I love this CD! I've seen Journey 3 times in concert, and in spite of what you may have read from the Steve Perry worshippers, Steve Augeri has an awesome voice. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Hosehead
These people were honest and a pleasure to deal with, i would have no problem dealing with them in the future!Published on April 9, 2012 by max
I just finished reading the new Journey biography and it reminded me how much I love this CD. I listened to it again today and it is even better than I remembered. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Mike H.