Escape was journeys breakthrough album which established journey as a leading band in the 80's It spawned 3 hit singles, and many of the other songs are now deemed as classics of the genre.
The reason for this is the quality of the song writing, as prior to the album, it was slightly hit and miss. However, Journey was at their creative peak here, with a combination of great songs, great musicianship and lyrics that its audience could identify with.
The star of the album has to be Steve Perry - No vocalist has ever quite out-performed him when it comes down to the emotion and raw power conveyed in his voice. Thats not to forget the other musicians, Neal Schon does some impressive guitar work, with a combination of catchy hooks and shredding that balance out his solos. The Keyboards (Johnathan Cain) play a big part in this album as well, but they don't detract from the guitar work at all, and the bass lines are extremely impressive. Musically, this has to be one of journeys most deep albums.
The variety of the material here is impressive as well, with a combination of pop rock songs, upbeat hard rock songs and soulful ballads. Standouts include the timeless Don't Stop Believing, fan favorite Stone In Love, The Prog like Escape, and Open Arms, one of the best power ballads ever recorded. Probably the only song I dislike in the collection is Lay It Down, which has a disappointing chorus. However, the rest of the material is solid.
Timeless songs (as proven with don't stop believing's recent success), great musicianship, and clear production makes this a must buy. If you haven't heard much journey before, you might be better off trying their greatest hits, but if you want to try a studio album, then this is the one to get.