What can you do? Still holding the perverse and unshakeable view that the first Journey album was something of a rock milestone, the band's last two records with singer Steve Perry have swung close to the American FM ideal. His honeyed, overweening style has give the band a stereotyped uniformity.

Departure will probably earn even more dollars than the other two, especially as Perry has made the band his own. The emphasis on glossy, stacked harmonies and song-structures that boost the singer rather than the band's erstwhile swirling instrumental prowess, and in particular the distinctive guitar talent of Neal Schon.

All of which means a modern rock package of one dimension punctuated by Schon's solos that wind up quickly and show him playing well within his capabilities.
(CBS 84101)

Album Review

By John Orme

Melody Maker, 1980
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