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3 stars This debut album from the highly acclaimed AOR band Journey isn't really as progressive as I was hoping it to be, still I definitely consider it a nice addition to the prog related sub-category.

Like many starting-up bands from that time, Journey was going into many different directions with their self-titled debut album. The results feel definitely half-baked, but it's that one good side that makes the album somewhat worth a while. Those few moments of instrumental interplay that some of the lengthier compositions offer reveal definite signs of skill in the instrumental department. I guess that it definitely helps when you have former members of Santana aboard! Luckily not many of these original members were left once the band entered their career peak in the 80's so one can't really call Journey a sell-out to their progressive rock fans especially since there weren't many such fans to begin with.

The general rule of this album is that you can't go wrong with any of the compositions clocking at over five minutes. While the rest of material isn't hideous, it still has a dated commercial flavor to it and so it all basically depends on the listeners perception of '70s mainstream music. Since I'm not too keen on it so I tend to skip through these compositions most of the time.

It's difficult for me to recommend this album to anyone in particular since the hardcore Journey fans would probably dismiss it for being way too arty while fans of art rock would find this album very bland and unoriginal for their tastes. Which means that Journey fits well into the lower bracket of good, but non-essential category.

**** star songs: Of A Lifetime (6:50) Kohoutek (6:42) Topaz (6:11) In My Lonely Feeling/Conversations (4:55)

*** star songs: In The Morning Day (4:22) To Play Some Music (3:16) Mystery Mountain (4:22)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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