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gdazegod
14-12-2017 01:20
Chris, is there such an album? Maybe we should get Alun onto the case. He loves those oddball albums.

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:49
Performance enhancing aspect....never did much for me.

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:49
Like Froome, my 5k and 10k times are now in doubt, as it seems I took too many puffs of my inhaler before the races.In all seriousness it sounds pretty odd that an inhaler used by millions has such an

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:43
Canít believe Pope Francis 2015 release, Wake Up, has not been reviewed yet here at GDM?

reyno-roxx
13-12-2017 17:40
Man, I really thought Froome was above any doubt, but this will always hang like a shadow now. Damn! Unlikely to win Sports Personality of the Year on the Beeb now too.

reyno-roxx
13-12-2017 17:38
Look what happened when the Pope signed to Infinity? Brought the company down and certainly ruined TKO's career. Brad Sinsel probably not a fan.

gdazegod
13-12-2017 11:37
Oh dear, Chris Froome in a doping scandal. This looks bad.

gdazegod
13-12-2017 11:34
A couple of new fileshares going up in the download members forum in the next day or so. Keep an eye out for those.

gdazegod
13-12-2017 10:36
My next Blog will be about the year of 2017, and the unveiling of the sexual deviants. From Harvey Weinstein to Dustin Hoffman.. and more..

Nick C
13-12-2017 01:02
Aren't those songs of the Days of Wine and Wafers album?

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Journey - 2001 Arrival



ARTIST: Journey
ALBUM: Arrival
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: COL-69864
YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Augeri - vocals, guitars * Neal Schon - guitars, vocals * Jonathan Cain - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Ross Valory - bass, vocals * Deen Castronovo - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Higher Place * 02 All The Way * 03 Signs Of Life * 04 All The Things I Love About You * 05 Loved By You * 06 Livin' To Do * 07 I Got A Reason * 08 With Your Love * 09 Lifetime Of Dreams * 10 Live And Breathe * 11 Kiss Me Softly * 12 I'm Not That Way * 13 We Will Meet Again * 14 To Be Alive Again * 15 Remember Me * 15 Remember Me

WEBLINKS: www.journeymusic.com


Background
It's always a day of reckoning when a Journey album gets released. I feel that the gods of AOR are shining down on me when I get my hands on any new stuff from our premier AOR band. A day of reckoning indeed, in many ways. Firstly, life after Steve Perry with replacement singer/guitarist Steve Augeri (ex Tall Stories and Tyketto). Secondly, where are they at after 1996's 'Trial By Fire' album? Which many people (excluding me) thought was an overly disappointing effort. Sure it had a lot of ballads but come on people, with tracks like 'Forever In Blue' and 'If He Should Break Your Heart' and the luscious 'When I Think Of You', class will always prevail. And thirdly but most importantly, how relevant are Journey in the 21st Century? In a musical world populated with the likes of Enimem, Westlife and Ricky Martin? In a nutshell, 'Arrival' is a solid mature release, with something there for all melodic rock fans. Their songs drift effortlessly upon Jonathan Cain's predominant keyboard/piano based motifs while Schon's guitar as always provides the perfect foil, with ease, grace and taste. At times, Augeri's vocals come oh so close to Perry's timeless warblings, but you'd be forgiven for thinking he was a clone. No, but there are some definite influences, but not enough to say 'rip-off'.


The Songs
The opener 'A Higher Place' is pretty impressive stuff I gotta say. Big booming stuff, with a bridge and chorus to die for! Very much like some of the guitar cutting stuff they did on 'Frontiers' or 'Escape'. What a way to open an album!! The balladic brakes immediately come on with 'All The Way', melodic nonetheless but I can't help thinking that this could be a recent Aerosmith ballad. Actually no - this is pretty good. Augeri's voice picture perfect. 'Signs Of Life' has all the hallmarks of previous Journey tracks, in which you can hear trademark signatures all the way through. 'Live And Breathe' is a smooth syncopated piece, grooving along like an AOR version of Seal. I like this one a lot. There's quite a lot of melodrama on the rather cool 'Kiss Me Softly', a ballad with an edge.. so to speak. Cain's piano work is quite jazzy while Schon's guitar has that Spanish acoustic flavour from his recent solo albums. Other tracks which stand out include the upbeat AOR histronics of 'To Be Alive Again', the commercial radio friendliness of 'Remember Me' (which had been released earlier) and a Cain influenced ballad called 'With Your Love'. Unfortunately, the rest of the tracks (and there are a few of them) don't quite do it for me. It's well done, but it's also plain-jane, compared to the dizzy heights of their previous achievements.


In Summary
A pass mark? Well.. just. Some great songs, but no real killers. I think Augeri does a wonderful job, but perhaps in the lyrics and arrangement department possibly there's a let down of sorts. I remember Jonathan Cain saying once in reference to Journey and Steve Perry on their prior break-up.. 'We didn't want to leave this great big beautiful Harley Davidson we had customized sitting in the garage. Neal and I thought we could ride it. But we knew who had the keys..' And on that note, I'd say that Perry is indeed missing somewhere in action, and still has those damn keys in his back pocket.


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#1 | dangerzone on April 03 2014 17:10:41
This album was a colossal bore. I listened to it a few times in 2001 and haven't bothered with it since. The influx of ballads was overkill.
 
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