Trial By Fire
Journey may be among the most under-appreciated groups in rock history. The group's big sound -- Steve Perry's banshee vocals, Neal Schon's over-the-top guitar, thunderclap drums and more echo than The Omni (the local NBA arena) -- were the soundrack for the late `70s and early `80s, favored mostly by longhaired teenage boys who liked to smoke dope and work on cars. They've grown up now, but, thank God, Journey hasn't. This new album -- the group's first in 10 years -- picks up where ``Raised on Radio'' left off. Surprisingly, it holds up. ``Message of Love'' is as good as ``Separate Ways.'' With its haunting piano and Perry's tortured deivery, ``When You Love a Woman'' is ``Faithfully'' redux. There's still no better band to play while driving fast, and this trip's worth it.''
The album recieved rating of 3-1/2 (three and a half) stars out of a possible four. On their legend, Four Stars is Great, and Three Stars is Good.