Long having been heavy rockers hidden secret passion; Journey returns with an album that clearly demonstrates why they are so adored by so many. This is a welcome return to form for a band that has spluttered a bit even before the departure of Steve Perry. With Augeri singing (well at least most of the tracks) they have a man with the pipes to sing the Perry stuff but someone with a range of talent that gives the band something fun to play with. Journey has always been the masters of the ballad (‘Beyond the Clouds’ is pure ballad genius), but many have criticised their recent output for being too ballad heavy.
Not this one as there is a varied selection of rockers, anthems and ballads. This is an album that shows Journey’s many obvious talents. The band definetely have their ju-ju back and this is certainly the best thing since well before Perry left em’. The bonus feature on this CD is a documentary regarding where the band feels it is at the moment. It is not really essential so don’t worry about getting the bonus ediiton.
This album features all the members of the band singing a track. Does not always work per se, but that is not such a bad thing. Ross Valory’s vocals on ‘Gone Crazy’ are pure ZZTop Texas boogie and boy is it a fun ride. Who knew Dean Castronovo (drums) had such a bloody good voice…the band realises it and lets him sing two tracks. Its all here, catchy as stink choruses you can’t help but sing along to, soaring melodies and damn fine playing. Like the return of Maiden to the classic line-up; the return of Journey is most welcome. Pure unadulterated class!