Arrival

Arrival

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by Journey
     
 

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Van Halen survived the loss of David Lee Roth -- and Sammy Hagar, for that matter -- so it's not entirely unprecedented for a multi-platinum band to soldier on after the loss of its most visible (and audible) member. So it wasn't entirely surprising to find that Journey opted toSee more details below

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Van Halen survived the loss of David Lee Roth -- and Sammy Hagar, for that matter -- so it's not entirely unprecedented for a multi-platinum band to soldier on after the loss of its most visible (and audible) member. So it wasn't entirely surprising to find that Journey opted to replace departed frontman Steve Perry with former Tall Stories singer Steve Augeri. To his credit, Augeri decided to bring his own shoes, rather than try to fill Perry's, leading to a noticeable shift in Journey's signature sound. There's a bit more edge evident in this, the band's 18th album, as evidenced by the opener "Higher Place," on which Neal Schon weaves bits of R.E.M.-styled jangle into his usual tonal blanket. Likewise, "All the Things," powered by new drummer Deen Castronovo (best known for his stint in Bad English) flexes a surprisingly well-sculpted set of sonic muscles. Unfortunately, the new partners don't mesh as well on the album's ballads, which are more treacle-drenched than usual, particularly the prom-theme-gone-bad "All the Way" and "Loved by You." That split personality makes Arrival a bit hard to get a grip on, even for longtime fans. But Journey deserve credit for showing a willingness to shake things up at a point when most bands are well into coasting mode.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Journey was formed originally as a vehicle for Neal Schon's guitar pyrotechnics, but after five years the band sought out a lead singer to give them mainstream pop appeal, and Steve Perry did that, helping them to a string of seven consecutive multi-platinum albums before the band broke up in 1987. A 1996 reunion put them back in the winners' circle with Trial by Fire, but Perry then bowed out for health reasons, putting Journey in the sticky position of recruiting a new lead singer. (Drummer Steve Smith has also been replaced by Deen Castronovo formerly of Bad English.) They chose a soundalike, Steve Augeri, which suggests that they are more concerned with recreating their hits in concert than in making new music. A group of Journey's vintage always risks sounding like a copy band of itself, and Arrival, the first full-length album with Augeri, realizes that danger. The singer doesn't quite have Perry's smooth, flowing tenor, but he's close enough so that much of the time, especially in big arrangements, he can fool you, though at unadorned moments on ballads he sounds different. When he's not singing, the music is even more like Journey, with Schon's soaring leads supported by Jonathan Cain's bright keyboards in typical arena rock arrangements. It's hard to argue that the generalized romantic sentiments that make up the lyrics, here contributed by a variety of people including Augeri and Cain's wife, are any worse than Perry's, but Perry sang his words with more feeling than Augeri does. So, the new Journey turns out to be a half-step back to the old (make that the old, old Journey -- pre-Perry, when Schon ruled). Odds are, that will be a more difficult sell at record stores, though Augeri's similarity to Perry means that the concert revenues shouldn't suffer.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972438528
catalogNumber:
724385
Rank:
32072

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Performance Credits

Journey   Primary Artist
Neal Schon   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jonathan Cain   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Deen Castronovo   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Ross Valory   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Steve Augeri   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Neal Schon   Art Direction,Cover Art,Cover Art Direction
Jonathan Cain   String Arrangements
Gary Cirimelli   Programming
David Coleman   Art Direction,Cover Art
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction,Cover Art Direction
George Marino   Mastering
Kevin Shirley   Producer,Engineer
Aya Takemura   Engineer
Jen Wyler   Author
Chris Moore   Illustrations,Cover Illustration

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