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3 stars Suprissingly nice... a good solid album...

Avoiding the discussion of the Journey haters and lovers... yes, is not prog... yes, is cheesy but hey... did you know Steve Perry is not with them anymore... did you know Neal Schon is a real great guitar player, did you know they have good rocking players a lot better than any soft rock crapy band...??? Yes, this album is quite well... a nice piece of pop-metal hard rock with a contemporary aproach to the delight of rock lovers...

The songs "Higher Place", "Signs of Life", "All the Things", "I got a Reason" "World Gone Wild" and "Nothing comes Close" are really the highlights of the album... hard rock with great chorus and tight compossitions and performance. They sound very 80's with all their recurrent glamour in their voices essambles, but now they use a lot of modern keyboard paths and interesting pedalboard effects that really makes it a lot more modern and fresh... What the people could notice from the start is the strong voice from Steve Augeri, who brings a lot more of life to the songs... Steve Perrys voice is really annoying for me and too cheesy... Augeri have a lot more of interesting performance and strengh and fits really well, specially in their hard rocks parts. Also, you will notice the great performance from an unknown drummer, Dean Castronovo, who really play clean and tight, even live...

For all that reasons, this album should be on check for any rock lover, not just a prog fan... of course, there's a couple of cheesy power ballads that are really their trademark... some are not that bad... even they experiment with spanish guitars more melodic and warm... but at the end I feel the deal is in their strong rock music...

It's a shame that they only record two albums with Augeri... really a shame cause he was a lot more than a copy from Perry but at least they record 15 songs in this album, and that's a lot to enjoy so... take the chance to change your ideas about this mainstream band... trying to rebuild their sound and image... they really made a good effort... 3 stars... only because isn't progressive... in mainstream rock, this is a 5 stars... for sure...!!!

jampa17 | 3/5 |


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