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09 June 2011 @ 09:30 am
Bp's Song of the Week #119: Journey "City of Hope"  
Journey “City of Hope”

A website I frequent, http://www.melodicrock.com, is also home to one of the biggest and well-connected Journey fans in the world (he’s Australian) and he’s been pushing this album since he received an advance months ago and his enthusiasm has been infectious. Checking out the links as they came in with the EPK and such it sounded like a real return to a guitar-driven, rockin’ album like the ‘70s Journey. For my money Steve Perry’s voice during the ‘80s became very smooth around the edges and didn’t bring enough grit to the table, but Arnel Pineda sounds enough like Steve, but with a real yearning passion that hooks you in. Big harmonies, a lot of guitars (Paul Reed Smith guitars at that!), and melodic hooks a plenty, plus very few ballads = a really solid new album!

More new Journey:
Edge of the Moment – love the guitar work