Classic Rock - - Aor -

Columbia, 1983)

If ever there was a hard act to fol­low, it was Es­cape, the all­con­quer­ing mas­ter­piece that had made Jour­ney the big­gest rock act in Amer­ica. But when the heat was on, these guys didn’t fal­ter. What they de­liv­ered with Fron­tiers was an­other multi-plat­inum hit, an­other clas­sic.

Sep­a­rate Ways (Worlds Apart), the al­bum’s open­ing track, is the ul­ti­mate heavy melodic rock an­them, its dra­matic tone set in Jonathan Cain’s neon-bright key­board in­tro, the band blast­ing at full power, and Steve Perry hit­ting high notes and a deep emo­tional in­ten­sity that made him the great­est singer of his gen­er­a­tion. Faith­fully is the de­fin­i­tive power bal­lad, with Perry’s voice again at its ab­so­lute peak. Edge Of The Blade is ar­guably Jour­ney’s heav­i­est song. The ti­tle track, tricksy and un­con­ven­tional, has a flavour of early-80s Rush. And Af­ter The Fall and Send Her My Love are two more supreme bal­lads from the undis­puted masters of the art.

Most ex­tra­or­di­nary of all is that this bril­liant al­bum could have been even bet­ter. In a bizarre de­ci­sion, two glo­ri­ous songs, Only The Young and Ask The Lonely, did not make the cut. And while one sub­sti­tu­tion in their place was the won­der­fully at­mo­spheric Trou­bled Child, the other, Back Talk, was a com­plete turkey, per­haps the worst song the band ever recorded, and the one flaw in what was oth­er­wise a work of ge­nius. PE Must hear: Sep­a­rate Ways (Worlds Apart)

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