It would be unjust to compare todays Hardline to the Hardline that in 1992 created the AOR titan Double Eclipse. From that supergroup, only singer Johnny Gioeli remains, and Journey members Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo are long gone. The Hardline of today sounds and feels more like just another Frontiers project. Which it, in a way, is. For good and for bad.
So what can be said about Heart, Mind and Soul? Well, one thing that does remain is of course Gioelis voice, which still is one of the best in the AOR scene. Like the title states, he filles the album with heart, mind and soul. Musically, it’s standard but good. There are no future classics here, but it’s good stuff.
Like I said, this is more a Frontiers-project than the classic Hardline. But it is a good Frontiers-project that knows how to make good songs and play them well. I like it!
Title: Heart, Mind and Soul
Date of release: 9/7-21
Standout track: If I Could I Would