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Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Frontiers
Genre: [Melodic Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5

Over thirty years have passed since the formation of Journey. Initially the band performed between 1973 and 1987. Throughout those years the band's line-up was far from constant... only the guitarist Neal Schon (Santana, Jan Hammer) remained in the line-up at all times. Also the music changed from album to album (their first three albums are jazz-rock). It wasn't until 1977 when the group realized they need a strong frontman. After hiring Steve Perry, the band's popularity really took off (their fourth album sold million copies within a year). In 1996 Journey re-united to release "Trial by Fire". The following year, however, brought along bad news... Steve Perry's health problems sidelined him, and the band had to find a new singer. Steve Augeri (ex-Tall Stories) took over, and he already performed on Journey's contribution to the Armageddon Soundtrack in 1998.

Generations is the second full-length Journey album with Augeri on vocals. What differs this album from the previous Journey albums is the rotation of singers... every member of the band gets a shot at being the frontman. Regardless, I have to admit I prefer Steve Augeri's singing. Deen Castronovo, however, manages to handle the vocals rather credibly.

Kevin Elson, the man behind Journey's multi-platinum albums "Escape", "Departure" and "Frontiers", has also produced this record. He teamed up with Michael Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith), who handled the mixing of this album. Thus it isn't surprising that the soundscape on "Generations" is transparent and clear.

Nowadays the fanbase of Journey covers more than one generation... hence the title, Generations. The quality of songs on this album is somewhat steady... nevertheless, few songs are clearly below the rest (for example, "Believe", "In Self-defense" and "Gone Crazy"). In spite of all, listeners of melodic rock (among others) will most certainly find Journey's Generations worth checking out.

Release date: August 29th, 2005 (Europe) and October 4th, 2005 (U.S.)

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- MAGE (August 29th, 2005)


Schon, Neal: Guitar, Vocals on "In Self-defense"
Cain, Jonathan: Keyboards, Vocals on "Every Generation", Guitar on "It's Never Too Late"
Valory, Ross: Bass, Vocals on "Gone Crazy"
Augeri, Steve: Vocals
Castronovo, Deen: Drums, Vocals on Tracks 3 & 13
Producer: Elson, Kevin
Mixing by: Fraser, Mike
Mastering by: Unavailable
Journey - Generations  CD  Cover Image
01. Faith in the Heartland
02. The Place in Your Heart
03. A Better Life
04. Every Generation
05. Butterfly (She Flies Alone)
06. Believe
07. Knowing That You Love Me
08. Out of Harm's Way
09. In Self-defense
10. Better Together
11. Gone Crazy
12. Beyond the Clouds
13. It's Never Too Late (Bonus Track)

Length: 69:18
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