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I am a longtime Journey fan. They are my favorite band, and yes, Steve perry was they're best singer. That doesn't mean this album is bad! Steve Augeri is a better vocalist than people think. This is a great album. Signs of life is one of my favorite songs of all time
This album is ok. It is like Night Ranger or some band that an artist makes after he leaves the successful band he was in? Does that make sense? Anyhow there is one thing that this album is not and that is "Journey". You can say whatever you want about Steve Perry but the truth is that he was incredible. He was someone that will never be duplicated anywhere! Not just in Journey. Anywhere on the planet or any other planet for that matter. That voice is the single most awesome singing voice to ever grace the stage. Best of the best. That includes Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers etc etc etc! Yeah you heard me right.................Sorry but Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain who were Journey will never be duplicated ever again. Oh and the first band was nothing next to the "Real Journey".
With the departure of Steve Perry in 1998, Journey decided to continue without him. So in comes Steve Augeri who is a very good singer and fills in Perry's spot very nicely. Steve Smith is also out and Deen Castronovo takes the drummer's seat. On "Arrival", the band blends their 80s sound and style with a more modern rock vibe that's even more mature than "Trial By Fire". While the album isn't mediocre, it's not very impressive. There are moments here that can sound mellow and bland, but Augeri's voice does good justice. Higher Place - 10/10 All the Way - 9.5/10 Signs of Life - 9.5/10 All the Things - 8/10 Loved By You - 8.5/10 Livin' to Do - 8.5/10 World Gone Wild - 9/10 I Got a Reason - 9.5/10 With Your Love - 9/10 Lifetime of Dreams - 9/10 Live and Breathe - 8/10 Nothin' Comes Close - 9/10 To Be Alive Again - 9/10 Kiss Me Softly - 8.5/10 We Will Meet Again - 8.5/10 Overall, "Arrival" is a good album. It should be recommended for any Journey fan.
My dad used to play songs off this album when I was like 4 in his car and I think it's a great album really good songs , even though I like steve perry a lot better and all journeys work back in the day but this album is better than anything they are doing now
It's not the Best Journey album but to me it only has one 5 star song and it's "Higher Place" and Journry did aright with this singer but out of all 6 singers Journry had STEVE PERRY WAS THE BEST AND THE ONLY TRUE SINGER OF JOURNEY BACK IN 1977 JOURNEY FOUND STEVE PERRY and I'm only 14 years old and I LOVE STEVE PERRY'S VOICE AND THAT'S Y STEVE IS KNOWN AS "THE VOICE"
To me this is one of the best Journey albums, the first with Steve Augeri replacing Perry on vocals, highlighted by this tremendous power ballad "Kiss Me Softly". Once again, Neal Schon shows his core value on Journey with his guitar skills performing an amazing solo on "World Gone Wild". Other relevant tunes would be "Higher Place", "Signs Of Life", "Loved By You", "Livin' To Do", "I Got A Reason", "Live and Breathe", "Nothin' Comes Close", "To Be Alive Again" and "We Will Meet Again".
I KNOW I'LL GET A LOT OF GRIEF FOR SAYING THIS, BUT THIS IS MY FAVORITE JOURNEY ALBUM EVER. FROM START TO FINISH IT HAS A COHESIVENESS THAT IS HARD FOR ANYONE TO COME UP WITH. THERE ARE GREAT ROCKERS LIKE "HIGHER PLACE' AND "WORLD GONE WILD." AND AS FOR BALLADS, THE TRIO OF "LOVED BY YOU", "WITH YOUR LOVE", AND "LIFETIME OF DREAMS" MATCH UP WITH ANYONE. IT IS AMAZING THAT A BAND LIKE JOURNEY HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIND VOCALIST AS GOOD AS STEVE PERRY AND ON THIS ALBUM, STEVE AUGERI. GIVE IT A CHANCE AND YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
The two least impressive albums Journey ever made were the ones with S. Augeri (this one and the insipid Generations). There are some good songs, however. Personally, I love "All the Things" and "Livin' to Do"-- they are songs that actually take Journey somewhere. The rhythm guitar on "All the things" is energetic and exciting, and the vocals on "Livin' to Do" are the most convincing that Augeri has done. The rest of the album is sort of boring. I'm not saying this just because I love Steve Perry (my all-time favorite) -- I also love the pre-Perry stuff, and the original songs off of Revelation. Augeri just didn't bring much to the table, and Castronovo isn't nearly the drummer that Steve Smith and Aynsley Dunbar are.
I am a huge Journey fan so I was extremely excited to see the new album. I started listening to it but there was something slightly off that I could not put my finger on. I listened over and over before I realized that Steve Perry was missing. Steve's replacement is a pretty close scond, but that's the problem... he's a second, a replacement, the plan B.. The backup plan. To me, it's just not the same. I would much rather returned to their greatest hits, their essentials, or their original albums than to listen to someone trying to take the place of the greatest voice of all time. Since this point, I have heard Arnel Pineda trying to take over for Steve Parry as well, it's just one more person trying to mimic the master himself. Journey just need to mend ways and stop trying to replace the perfect solution!!
If you grew up during the 70's & 80's then you know what Journey use to sound like. This stuff is horrible, reminds me of the difference between KISS in 1978 and KISS 1998. Its time to retire guys....
This album should be ranked higher than some of the ones above it, it's a terrific effort and some great songs out of it. We all know that this was the first Journey album without Steve Perry, and I was surprised that it sounded this good without Perry! Steve Augeri really shows his stuff with the opening track, "Higher Place". It's an all-time favorite song of mine by Journey, and All the Way is a nice ballad to show that these hard rockers still have a soft side. Signs of Life brings back memories because it has that classic Journey sound that we know and love. Another song I like is With Your Love, another good ballad. The only down part about this record was the production effort, and compared to others, it isn't that good. I have never been a fan of the 15 songs on an album thing, if they kept it at around 11 or 12 songs, I think this would've done much better. I highly recommend this!!
As we all know, Journey can never hope to replace the strong, emotional tenor voice of Steve Perry. Since he left the band after refusing to have hip surgery that was necessary to perform on stage, journey has gone through several singer changes. Steve Augeri did not last long, leaving after a few years for reasons that I am not sure of. My personal favorite is the current singer, Arnel Pineda, but still he, is no Steve Perry. Albums like this will carry the band far, no doubt, but if you are looking for classic Journey, refer to the original hits such as "Lights" "Wheel in the Sky" and "Don't Stop Believin'".
first off as one reviewer wrote"this is the classic Journey lineup" it is not! No Greg Rollie, Ansley Dunbar. Jonathan Cain is from the Baby's people. This is a good Journey album but no where near Evolution or Departure. Thank God for Steve Perry's voice and Neals' melodic cords. Just stop with the cover bands vocalists, please
Journey without Steve Perry is like eating dry toast. It's nourishment, gives you what your body needs but why eat dry toast when you can have the jelly? Perry's flavor not only comes from his voice, but his songwriting as well. All Journey fans HAVE to admit that these songs are NOT in the same class as the always fantastic writing trio of Schon/Cain/Perry. In fact, most of these songs sound too similar to each other to be special at all. As a fan of Journey since 1978, let me tell you...it breaks my heart to have to write these words. I'm not going to love it just because it has Journey's name on it. I highly doubt that if Perry was still in the band that any of the versions of these songs would have made the album cut. He would have slathered the jelly on and kept it coming leaving the listener not only nourished but satisfied through and through. Please pass the jelly.
how can a band be stubborn enough to release steve perry, one of the greatest singers ever? he brought them all the success and now they have tried to replace him, but they still remain unsuccessful in both finding a replacement and selling new albums without him.
If you haven't been paying attention, Journey is still alive and kicking. This effort with a new singer is actually much better than Trial By Fire. Check out Generations and the live DVD 2001 as well!
I have always been a journey fan. I'm pretty sure i got that from my dad. he loved them so much that he took me to one of their concerts when i was 2. and i have loved them ever since. but when this album came out i wasn't sure if i would like it because steve perry was no longer the lead singer, but i was wrong. even though i absolutely love perry i like this guys voice too. and i love the songs! my faves are signs of life, all the way, & with your love
I've been a Journey fan as long as I can remember. This is one of their best albums. For 2001 its amazing. We need more music like this now a days. Infinity is my fav, but this one always gets spun on my player.
The first time I heard Arrival, I wasn't even aware that Steve Perry had left the band. I was amazed at how strong and fresh his voice was, and then as I browsed the notes and the photo, I was amazed to discover he had been REPLACED by a new lead singer. Say what you want about vocalist Steve Augieri and the newer incarnation of Journey, but on Arrival they really bring down the house. This album is as strong or stronger than Escape (arguably the band's strongest offering) and features big, slick production, and great artistry. I was amazed to discover later how much Neal Schon hated this album... too bad, because if they made more like it, they might have found a way back to the charts. Aside from Augieri's great voice, new drummer Deen Castronovo really makes an impact on this album as well. After you hear him bangin' the skins on "we will meet again," you will be a fan. Unfortunately, this style of rock is all but dead with the newer generations, and those of us who love 70s/80s rock have to really dig to find it. If you are one of those people, you will really enjoy this album. A last note, after being the longest-running lead singer in the band's history (not something everyone knows) Augieri has since departed the band, replacement Jeff Scott Soto was a complete waste of time wash, and the future for this group seems in doubt. Will Augieri return? Will Perry come back? The future is quite uncertain at this moment... they could be over. But regardless, "Arrival" is a great album (and a snapshot of one of Journey's many historical chapters) you will enjoy for years to come.
The best thing about this album, and there are a lot of good points, is the thing Journey was always known for, the songwriting. The album features superb engineering and production, but the songs are really terrific. At times, this album sounds more like "Departure" and "Escape" although the sound quality is much better than those albums. A couple of songs were obviously targeted for radio, but if you are a fan of this band or if you just like great pop rock bands, then Arrival is just the ticket. And yes, hard-core fans, Steve Augeri is a more than worthy replacement for Steve Perry in most respects. While his voice lacks some of the soul and depth of the prior Steves' voice, his talent is unmistakable and very akin in sound and delivery. At times it is very easy to forget there has been a change. The high point for this reviewer is the Augeri-penned track, "Kiss Me Softly." Listen and enjoy!
this album allows for all the things that made journey great: stellar vocals (yes perry fans, this boy can sing too), guitar fireworks de schon, and great arena rock of longlost days. though, with the diminished demand for such music AND with a common underlying disdain for the perryless incarnation of the band, this album seems hallow- if only because people wont accept it. arguably the songs are sugarry and seem to port journey at times. though i cant help but think that the music is still quite good. "higher place" and "to be alive again" harken back to an early 80s journey (with augeri wailing as from the pipes of perry). solid album which i appreciate even more now, with the seemingly odd (if only to me) move by journey (but really schon) to exhalt jeff scott soto (a good singer to be sure) to lead singer. don't stop believin' please..