Journey – Freedom

7/10

Eleven years is quite a wait for a new Journey album, even longer than the wait between once swan song Raised on Radio (1986) and the comeback Trial By Fire (1996). But now we’re finally here! This is Arnel Pinedas third effort in the band, after starting out strong with the great success Revelation (2008) and following it up slightly weaker on Eclipse (2011). Following the legal chaos of 2020, the classic rhythm section, Ross Valory and Steve Smith, has been replaced by Randy Jackson and Narada Michael Walden. But that doesn’t make all that much difference, the key members remain Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain, who are still the song writers who has carried the heart and soul of Journey for decades now.

Musically, it’s like time has stood still. This sounds just like you’d expect it to, which I also mean as a good thing. It’s a natural follow up to Eclipse, and generally holds up the same quality. So of course I like Freedom! It might be quite long, fifteen songs on 73 minutes, but so what? This is Journeys first album in eleven years, I can allow them to give us something extra. There are no masterpieces on the album, but some really great stuff like Don’t Give Up on UsYou Got the Best of Me and Don’t Go, and that’s good enough for me! It’s a joyride.

Among the classic AOR bands, Journey has always been one of the most vital and interesting in the 2000s. Sure, this is no way near the masterpieces of the early 80’s, but only a fool would hold that against them. If you, like me, love later day Journey anyway, there’s no doubt you should get this album. If you’re mostly into the old classics, check this one out as well, and see for yourself how much ass this classic band still can kick. Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Artist: Journey
Title: Freedom
Label: Frontiers
Date of release: 8/7-22
Time: 73,04
Rate: 7/10
Stand Out Track: You Got the Best of Me

Journey – Freedom

July 9, 2022

This sounds just like you'd expect it to, which I also mean as a good thing.

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