Rocktopia – Journey – ‘Eclipse’ – CD Review

Suffice to say that Neal Schon was right: it really rocks!

It seems like every Journey album since ‘Raised On Radio’ has been prefaced by guitarist Neil Schon claiming that it’s going to be a full-on rock album, only for the finished article (excepting perhaps the poorly produced ‘Generations’) to be the usual ballad-heavy affair – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as no-one does ballads like Journey does. However, I’m sure the news has already leaked out that they’ve only gone and done it this time, Schon obviously getting his wish with ‘Eclipse’ and giving you more riffs and notes for your buck than ever before.

Opener ‘City Of Hope’ is a statement of intent. Built upon great guitar parts and an uplifting arrangement, it’s a rocking opener that still doesn’t scrimp on melody with Arnel Pineda delivering his gorgeous melody lines without a hint of an accent. In the great tradition of Journey opening tracks it hooks you in and will stick in your head for weeks, the rock-out ending and shredding Neal Schon solo being the icing on the cake. ‘Edge Of The Moment’ continues in a similar vein with subtle, cheese-free hooks, loads of guitar and a chorus that takes a while to get your head around because it’s so un-Journey-like. If that’s a shocker then ‘Chain Of Love’ will be even more so, Jon Cain’s gentle piano and Pineda’s Perry-esque vocal soon giving way to one of the heaviest riffs that the band have ever come up with. The combination of Schon’s guitar and Cain’s keys parts are reminiscent of the darker songs on the ‘Frontiers’ album and Cain adds real menace to some of the instrumental sections whilst the dark vocal melodies leave no chance of it ever becoming a single.

via Rocktopia – Journey – ‘Eclipse’ – CD Review.


3 Responses

  1. Respect them for still wanting to play and try new things, but, sorry, it did not top the chart. Showed up the first week, then tanked, never to be charted again, and no singles from the album charted either. People want the old Steve Perry era music…

  2. Every Journey music CD is different. They say they don’t like it but truly in their own room, continue to play it. Its not just Arnel in it singing. Its a group work and remember each is a master of his own talent. And the fact that they still sing and make record and do concerts is something worth of respect. This album is meant to show fans that Arnel has his own voice too beside Neal Schon’s magical guitar works.

  3. Great newest Eclipse album from Journey.! It’s different stuff. Obviously it will top the chart. Congratulation guys in advance.

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