Journey
Infinity


3.0
good

Review

by Necrotica USER (194 Reviews)
November 28th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a good album through and through, but here's a warning: It's going to be the last good album for Journey...

The first three albums that Journey made captured a more submissive, progressive fusion style in their music. Gregg Rolie wasn't the best singer, but he got the job done and his voice was passable for prog. However, this missed the point of his presence in the album: his keyboard work. Both Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon showed great musicianship in their works. Ross Valory, the bassist, made his bass work stand out even with everything else happening in the music. Etc., Etc...

So, that was the deal with their early years. So now, we reach the post-prog era of Journey. Steve Perry comes in, and prog comes out of the equation. So how does it add up" Actually not too bad yet. Neal Schon still shows some jazzy solos, and Gregg Rolie still stands out with his keyboards. However, as you can see from the 3/5 rating, there were still problems with Steve Perry coming in with the band. Read on and find out what went wrong...

The album opens up with Lights, their first song to reach the charts. You can tell that Steve Perry really tries with the vocals, and this is one of his strongest tracks on here. The next two songs are actually bridge into each other. Feeling That Way is yet another vocal-driven ballad focusing on Perry's vocals. The song bridges into Anyway, which has a very similar tone. There's not too much variation.

So I guess I'll just say it now. The problem with this album is that the variation was left behind from the previous albums in favor of a more straightforward, crowd-pleasing album. Any jazz-laden roots are being left behind for pop-rock, and somehow the members who have appeared in albums of talent and quality have agreed to change. Again, there's just not enough in each song to stand out from the next one. A perfect example is the closer Opened the Door. It keeps repeating and rehashing itself, and this gets tiring, as well as trying one's concentration.

So overall, this album wasn't necessarily bad by any means, but it still did not match the high quality of Journey's previous works. However, it's a sign of the times that Journey is changing from prog to more accessible arrangements. Journey's turning IS becoming more accessible, though, and that might be good enough for some people.

Highlights: Lights, Winds of March, Feeling that Way

Lows: Opened the Door, Anytime



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TheStarclassicTreatment
November 28th 2009


2910 Comments


It's impossible for Journey to do bad music, so your summary is invalid.

YouAreMySilence
November 28th 2009


3727 Comments


K why are the ratings so different?

hydeyomoney
November 28th 2009


934 Comments



It's impossible for Journey to do good music, so your summary is invalid.


sounds about right.

menawati
September 29th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not a big journey fan but like this one the best, Patiently is like perfect AOR and winds of march is great especially later section

ViperAces
September 29th 2012


12588 Comments


JUST A CITY BOY

ViperAces
September 29th 2012


12588 Comments


BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH DETROIT

menawati
November 10th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neil schon wasnt a bad guitarist at all

ViperAces
November 10th 2012


12588 Comments


A SINGER IN A SMOKEY ROOM

MrSirLordGentleman
July 1st 2013


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THE WHEEEL IN THE SKY KEEPS ON TURNIIING, DUNNO WHERE I'LL BE TOMORROOOOW

tricksareforkids
May 8th 2015


208 Comments


Journey is so overrated to me

MrSirLordGentleman
May 8th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

overrated? the critics and sputnik hate them lol

tricksareforkids
May 8th 2015


208 Comments


Yes. Never thought they were all that spectacular.

MrSirLordGentleman
May 14th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thing is, no one thinks they are

MrSirLordGentleman
May 14th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, no, but this is certainly a pretty good pop-rock album and Dream After Dream deserves a lot more of love



The rest of their albums are just good in best scenario

MrSirLordGentleman
May 14th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If we're speaking about AOR Kansas and specially Pavlov's Dog are waaaay better

MrSirLordGentleman
May 14th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And also Abominog by Uriah Heep or Down to Earth by Rainbow, those bands went through a terrible AOR era but those albums are actually incredible

MrSirLordGentleman
May 14th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer Pieces of Eight but yeah, Styx is a good example too

francisc0
December 27th 2015


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album of 70s by Journey. Rock on!

Ryus
December 27th 2015


16623 Comments


worst band of all time ever

MrSirLordGentleman
December 27th 2015


12049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, no



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