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© Columbia Records
Year of Release: 2001
All The Way
Signs Of Life
All The Things
Loved By You
Livin' To Do
World Gone Wild
I Got A Reason
With Your Love
Lifetime Of Dreams
Live And Breathe
Nothin' Comes Close
To Be Alive Again
Kiss Me Softly
We Will Meet Again
Journey related sites:
It's a coincidence that the previous Journey release,
By Fire (featuring the last album with vocalist Steve Perry) would be followed
by the first release with its newest lead singer, Steve Augeri. An EP (Red 13;
2002) and 2005's Generations according to other reviewers, made Journey branch
in another direction with their music, and trying not to be just another
Steve Perry-esqe band. In June, 2007, Augeri was temporarily replaced (due to
illness) by Jeff Scott Soto, and according to Journey's website, the band
announced there was a departure with Soto.
Arrival does reflect on the old Perry/Journey sound...
"Higher Place" is a great rocking song to start out, and as expected,
the Steve Perry/Journey fans are eager to listen to the band's newest singer,
and Steve Augeri does resemble Perry's vocal style. Another band comes to mind
while listening to this song -- Survivor. "All The Way" is a nice
ballad, and does reflect to the old Journey, but it does separate Augeri's
soundalike voice to Perry's, except when Augeri sings some of the higher notes.
"Signs Of Life" does sound like a Journey/Perry composition, and also
Survivor. "All The Things" gives a more rock edge, and the vocal style
is a bit different than Journey with Perry -- a nice approach, trying to get
away from the comparisons and popularity of how Steve Perry was with Journey.
"Loved By You" is another nice ballad, having a more different sound
than with Perry (Survivor), yet Augeri's higher notes does have the only
comparisons. "Livin' To Do" has a different style, a little more bluesy.
"World Gone Wild" definitely sounds like Perry, as if Perry didn't leave
the band. Likewise the Pop Journey/Perry style is heard on the next track,
"I Got A Reason." The ballads "With Your Love" and "Lifetime
Of Dreams" have both the Perry style and Survivor.
Steve Augeri's vocal style is sounding more and more like Steve Perry --
Although "Live And Breathe" has a bit more harder rock style, the vocals
still sound as if Steve Perry is back with the band. (Nothing wrong with this,
but it is nice to hear other songs where Augeri is NOT compared to Perry and
what would be the years for the Journey career.)
"Nothin' Comes Close" has a different musical style to Perry's, yet
Augeri's vocals still has that Perry comparison. "To Be Alive Again" --
again, it's the Perry sound. "Kiss Me Softly" sounds as if there is
another singer along with Augeri, and its musical style is a bit eerie, to that
of the Perry/Journey years, yet Augeri's vocals has the Perry sound again.
The last track, "We Will Meet Again" is once again another Perry/Journey
There is nothing really wrong with Arrival; its a good title for a
new singer for the band, yet Steve Augeri's vocals have a different approach
in this album's beginning tracks. Yet in the end, fan of Steve Perry and his
years with Journey will easily hear the strong resemblances of Perry and the
best years of Journey's history. For those expecting a new sound and style
throughout this album, there will be a disappointment. But for those who
enjoyed Perry's years with Journey, fans will enjoy Augeri's voice, and the
Journey is taking time to create more songs for the band, but the questions
remain about its lead vocalist -- that with Augeri's illness and his fill-in
Jeff Scott Soto. Will either of them be back, or will we see the return of
Steve Perry? That has yet to be answered when their next album/new songs
are released in upcoming year.
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