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  • Even though their 1996 reunion was short-lived,this album shows that when great musicians get together the results can be quite spectacular-this is evident in a number of cuts on this album which are instant Journey classics.At the same time,I believe,this record suffers from an overabundance of ballads which somehow break the momentum leading to an overall lukewarm impression after every listen.Perry is in great vocal form,Schon is as impressive as ever,Cain builds massive keyboard backrounds,while Valory and Smith provide a very tight rhytm section;especially Steve Smith’s ‘jazzified’drumming stands out.A very strong comeback,yet it needed more songs with a punch and a slimer selection of slow numbers.

    Posted on February 28, 2010