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EVOLUTION

Journey

 

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SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars They haven't evolved one bit!

Released between 1978's very good Infinity album and 1980's respectable Departure, Journey's Evolution is a really poor effort. The high standards set by Infinity are never matched on Evolution even if the one and a half minute instrumental track that opens this album is quite promising. Sadly, we are quickly let down by the less than average Too Late. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' is possibly the cheesiest song title ever and the song itself is quite bad too. It is funny that this song was actually covered by Dream Theater on their Change Of Seasons mini album.

'Evolution' is an extremely deceptive album title since the band have not evolved one bit since their last album. On the contrary, Evolution follows very closely in the foot steppes of Infinity and pretty much follows the formula established by that previous album. However, this would perhaps not have been a major problem had the quality of the songs been up to par with, or even close to, those of Infinity. But they are sadly not and Evolution comes across as a very bleak copy of Infinity. There are certainly no classics present, like Wheel In The Sky or Winds Of March.

The longest track on this album is the less than five minutes long Daydream that probably also is the best song here. Most of the other songs are just over three minutes long and leave very little room for anything interesting. I will not comment further on the individual tracks because they are so uneventful and middle-of-the-road that I wouldn't know what to say about them other than that they are rather weak and unremarkable.

Go for Infinity and avoid this one unless you want to complete your Journey collection. This is possibly the worst Journey album ever.

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |

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