Picks and Pans Review: Raised on Radio
Damn the videos; full speed ahead. Journey is so convinced it has the goods with just the grooves on this record that the San Fran band has declined to issue any accompanying visual clips as promotional support. The arrogance is warranted. Raised on Radio, Journey's first album in three years, is the best in the group's 11-year recording history. Journey is now composed of singer Steve Perry, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, the only charter member remaining. (Though drummer Steve Smith has left to pursue a jazz career, he does play on three of this album's tracks.) That nucleus veers away from the band's past rock pomposities toward a clean, lively pop sound. The only fault here is an occasionally uninspired song such as Suzanne. Especially on I'll Be Alright Without You and Be Good to Yourself, the talents of Cain and Schon are evident. The most valuable Journeyer, though, is Perry, also the record producer. His sibilant, sassy voice gets more seductive with each outing. A tonsorial note: Yo, Steve, fire that new hairdresser. This swept-back 'do you're sporting makes you look like a pampered poodle. Otherwise Raised on Radio is a job well done. (Columbia)
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