When Arnel Pineda was plucked from obscurity to front one of the biggest AOR bands on the planet expectations were, understandably, low. In fact the majority of Journey fans simply hoped the likeable Filipino could get by – belting out the old hits to a reasonable standard and providing a final shot in the arm to Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and co..
Eclipse is the definitive proof that Pineda has done all that and then some. A classic Journey album with a modern rock edge, it offers the singer the perfect platform to finally stamp his own identity on this enduring global phenomenon. Having long since shed the label of tribute band troubadour, Pineda is reborn as a confident singer and consummate professional – fronting a concept album which breathes new life into a band constantly overshadowed by its ubiquitous back catalogue.
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