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3 stars This is the last Journey album before Steve Perry would join the group and take over the lead vocalist duties. Greg Rollie and Neal Schon are credited as the lead vocalists here and neither one of them are as dynamic as Steve Perry, but their vocals do fit for the bluesy-rock sound that permeates this album. The album is a little rough around the edges but it still has a lot going for it. There is a lot more guitar soloing and interesting keyboard effects than there would be in future albums. Journey at this point was trying to get a larger audience and with this album, they tried to accomplish that by adopting a Led Zeppelin-esque sound. But they do it well without being a copy. I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I think this is their best album out of all of their pre-Perry work. But, I am more familiar with it than the previous two, so accept my opinion for the biased opinion that it is :) Honestly, I like the hard and rough edge apparent throughout all of the songs on this album. There are vocals on all of the tracks except for Nickel & Dime which is mostly guitar driven, as is the majority of all the tracks here. This album works as a good bridge between the older music and the new style that they would be moving into. To me, their best album was their next one; "Infinity". But this one holds a lot of loudness that would surprise any Journey fan that was only familiar with their popular music.
TCat | 3/5 |


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