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sounds great - but very much a guitar album
on 4 July 2016
I like Journey, but I can get "balladed out" really quickly over their softer material.
This really isn't as poppy as the Perry period - whether you think that's a good thing or not is a matter of taste.
Effectively though I feel they've got the balance perfect here - it's really a very melodic sound, but the guitars are crunchier and way more front and centre than the 80s material.
Arnel Pineda sounds great, Schon is at the top of his game, and the songwriting is inventive. Some have criticised the lyrics but to be fair I take it for granted that most rock lyrics are just filler, so that wouldn't really offend me either way.
I think fans of slightly harder rock, if you played this to them, would say, "wow? That's Journey?" (in a positive way)....but maybe original Journey fans might say the same thing (but wanting the original Journey sound), so perhaps it's a double edged sword.
Someone else made the comparison to Schon's post-Bad English band, Hardline, which I think is a good comparison.
Anyway - as I understand it the band were unhappy to the fan reception to this one, so I doubt they'll make another like it. Well worth checking out though, especially for Schon fans.