Make no mistake though, this record is Neal Schon's baby. His guitar is front and centre and drives it forward as a rock orientated entity. That said, there are some truly sublime moments, City of Love soars, Edge Of The Moment rocks on Schon's six string sting, while Chain Of Love boasts a driving almost Kashmir-like rhythm over which Pineda nails his vocal chords. It obviously wouldn't be a Journey album without a ballad and the standout To Whom It May Concern is suitably overblown and grandiose. In essence a solid Journey album from a band that still stand head and shoulders above their AOR competition!
27th May, 2011