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Arriving 11 years after 2011's Eclipse, Freedom is Journey's 15th studio effort and their third outing with vocalist Arnel Pineda. It also marks the return of Raised on Radio bassist Randy Jackson, who stepped in after the band's abrupt split with founding member Ross Valory in 2020. Journey's post-Steve Perry releases have been reliable yet unremarkable, with showrunners Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain attempting to wring out every last bit of headband sweat from the group's chart-topping heydays. That trend continues on Freedom, a relentlessly anthemic and underwhelming set filled with over-the-counter power ballads and bloated AOR rockers that do very little to earn a 70-minute runtime. The performances, however, are top-notch, with Narada Michael Walden and former member Deen Castronovo sharing drum duties, Schon flexing his still impressive melodic-lead muscles, and Pineda continuing to push his voice outside the Perry penumbra. It's the songwriting that feels tired. That said, a band that's been around for just under 50 years has every right to indulge in some artistic navel-gazing. Classic rock is the new oldies, and artists still fanning and feeding the flames do so with shovels encumbered by nostalgia. Songs like "Together We Run" ("Don't Stop Believing"), "Don't Give Up On Us" ("Separate Ways [World Apart]"), and "You Got the Best of Me" ("Any Way You Want It") stand out not because they're the best cuts on the album, but because the tracks they're parroting are superior in every way.
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1
Together We Run
00:04:48

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Randy Jackson, Composer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - Left on Sunset (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Rachel Effron, Composer - Whisper Track Records (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI)(ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

2
Don't Give up on Us
00:05:22

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

3
Still Believe in Love
00:05:15

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

4
You Got the Best of Me
00:05:33

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

5
Live to Love Again
00:05:30

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Producer - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

6
The Way We Used to Be
00:03:35

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Producer - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

7
Come Away with Me
00:04:02

Journey, MainArtist - Neal Schon, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon ., Composer - Jonathan Cain ., Composer - Narada Michael Walden ., Composer

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

8
After Glow
00:05:21

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

9
Let It Rain
00:04:39

Journey, MainArtist - Neal Schon, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon ., Composer - Jonathan Cain ., Composer - Narada Michael Walden ., Composer

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

10
Holdin On
00:03:13

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Randy Jackson, Composer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - Left on Sunset (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Rachel Effron, Composer - Whisper Track Records (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI)(ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

11
All Day and All Night
00:03:38

Journey, MainArtist - Neal Schon, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon ., Composer - Jonathan Cain ., Composer - Narada Michael Walden ., Composer

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

12
Don't Go
00:04:58

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Arnel Pineda, Composer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - A.P.E. publishing co, MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

13
United We Stand
00:05:04

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Randy Jackson, Composer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher - Left on Sunset (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

14
Life Rolls On
00:04:57

Journey, MainArtist - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (ASCAP) (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

15
Beautiful as You Are
00:07:09

Journey, MainArtist - Jonathan Cain, Composer - Neal Schon, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer, Producer - Narada Michael WaldenPublishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Neal Schon Music LLC (BMI) (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Endless Thunder Songs (GMR), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Frontiers Records (P) 2022 Frontiers Records

Album Description

Arriving 11 years after 2011's Eclipse, Freedom is Journey's 15th studio effort and their third outing with vocalist Arnel Pineda. It also marks the return of Raised on Radio bassist Randy Jackson, who stepped in after the band's abrupt split with founding member Ross Valory in 2020. Journey's post-Steve Perry releases have been reliable yet unremarkable, with showrunners Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain attempting to wring out every last bit of headband sweat from the group's chart-topping heydays. That trend continues on Freedom, a relentlessly anthemic and underwhelming set filled with over-the-counter power ballads and bloated AOR rockers that do very little to earn a 70-minute runtime. The performances, however, are top-notch, with Narada Michael Walden and former member Deen Castronovo sharing drum duties, Schon flexing his still impressive melodic-lead muscles, and Pineda continuing to push his voice outside the Perry penumbra. It's the songwriting that feels tired. That said, a band that's been around for just under 50 years has every right to indulge in some artistic navel-gazing. Classic rock is the new oldies, and artists still fanning and feeding the flames do so with shovels encumbered by nostalgia. Songs like "Together We Run" ("Don't Stop Believing"), "Don't Give Up On Us" ("Separate Ways [World Apart]"), and "You Got the Best of Me" ("Any Way You Want It") stand out not because they're the best cuts on the album, but because the tracks they're parroting are superior in every way.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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