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The Crow
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2 stars Debut album from the AOR legends Journey!

Nevertheless, here is no AOR to be found because Journey is a symphonic prog album much in the vein of Emerson Lake and Palmer and Yes, with some influences from more commercial prog acts like Kansas or even hard rock glimpses much in the vein of Free or UFO.

The musicians are all splendid (except the mediocre vocals...) and the songs intricate and complex enough. But the problem is that they are not catchy enough. Maybe the most commercial songs like Play Some Music or Mystery Mountain are the best here, because the most progressive ones are sadly also the worst.

Just boring, guys. It's no surprise that this album did not sell well back then!

Best Tracks: Play Some Music, Topaz (the best instrumental sections of the album in my opinion) and Mystery Mountain (energetic and funny hard rock tune)

Conclusion: if you are searching for the origins of the Journey that are famous today, maybe you should start with Infinity. Because in this debut (and in their second and third record too) these guys were still in the search of their true identity.

And sadly, they were in the search of true compelling songwriting too.

My rating: **

The Crow | 2/5 |


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