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3 stars Bluesy, energetic, and ambitious, Journey's eponymous debut is a largely enjoyable bit of blues/rock/jazz fusion. Far removed from anything resembling the radio-packaged pop of later albums with Steve Perry-- Journey is essentially a collection of thoughtful instrumental music used to showcase Neal Schon's outstanding guitar virtuosity... and man does he wail.

Admittedly, this album doesn't touch the depth or artistry found in more pure prog or fusion albums of its day-- but it still a blast to listen to. Journey dances between styles with each track, from the moody and dynamic introduction, a few catchy sing-alongs, and some genuinely engaging instrumental compositions. Schon's guitar energy is pretty unforgettable-- and he gives us quite a bit of variety here with his solos and effects. Rolie's singing is hit-and-miss, but his keyboard playing is quite good. Rhythm section gives a fine performance, too, especially drummer Aynsley Dunbar (they should kept this guy!)

Classic rock fans who enjoy more technical proficiency than memorable hooks will likely find a lot to enjoy here.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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