Re: Journey..mmmmm!!!
Posted by: Jack ()
Date: April 08, 2001 08:36AM


I was looking at the comments on Arrival over at people liked the disc a lot, but as expected, many complained that "the band just isn't the same with Perry". These kind of complaints ranged from the slightly disappointed to the flat-out aggressive.

Evidently, many of the people who wrote complained that the new singer (Augeri) couldn't fill the spot properly, and that Perry's voice was needed, etc. These are arguments I get...I don't share them at all, but I totally understand where they're coming from. Perry does indeed have an awesome voice and I understand he has a whole slew of fans who adore the way he sings and are going to sorely miss his performance. That's not counting the legion of housewives who think Perry can do no wrong, ála Michael Bolton.

So, okay, that's a criticism that you can boil down to a Matter of Opinion. I respect that. What really pissed me off were several people complaining that "it's obvious Perry's fabulous songwriting is missing", or "Journey desperately needs Steve's songwriting input", etc etc ad nauseaum.

I foam at the mouth when I read this, i swear. I have to dig my nails into the palms of my hand to keep from punching the computer screen and go on a little road rage spree (which is never very hard to do in this city).

Perry is at best, a fairly medium quality songwriter. He's an incredible performer, but songriting has never, ever been his forté. Ever. The proof is glaringly evident in his Greatest Hits record. Beautiful, golden pipes all around, but songs that are on the whole, so-so to your bland adult contemporary rubbish. People on here complain Michael Bolton having gone soft and catering AC schlop to menopausic ladies, but much of Perry;s material is the same. He doesn't have the songwriting chops, period. Is it any coincidence that the few actually Good songs he has on there such as You Better Wait had to be co-written with 5 or 6 other dudes?? His songs fall apart without Schon & Cain, who are another story - they have been the songwriting brains behind several bands...Perry's contribution may be a bit more obvious because people hear his signing and do a mental association, like he must've written the song. He does share songwriting credits in his songs, but theyre nothing spectacular, maybe he just adds a bit of lyrics, and some finishing touches, I don't know. Hell, apart from the vocalist issue, Arrival is a lot better than TBF as far as the quality of the songs themselves goes.

Say you hate Arrival because Perry's voice is missing. But if you say it's because Perry's wondrous songwriting is missing, I'll feel like sticking a fork through your throat.

No, make that your genitals.


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Journey..mmmmm!!! 207 coco 04/07/2001 08:16PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 168 Carl 1 04/07/2001 09:19PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 163 coco 04/07/2001 09:45PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 193 Daniel 04/07/2001 10:22PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!!151Jack04/08/2001 08:36AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 128 DJ Klaus 04/07/2001 10:27PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 121 coco 04/07/2001 10:52PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 195 Daniel 04/07/2001 11:52PM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 139 coco 04/08/2001 01:45AM
Slayer, Fight, SYL 141 Popefreak 04/08/2001 02:15AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 119 Carl 1 04/08/2001 05:02AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 179 coco 04/08/2001 05:33AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 155 Steve M 04/08/2001 01:56AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 159 Jerry 04/08/2001 03:48AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 134Steve M04/08/2001 06:19AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 149 Kevin 04/08/2001 11:11AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 130 Kevin 04/08/2001 09:20AM
JOURNEY TOUR??? 117charlie04/07/2001 11:00PM
The UK? Gotta be kidding! 119Surfpunk04/09/2001 02:17AM
Carl 155 Misterpomp 04/08/2001 08:09AM
Re: Carl 130 Carl 1 04/09/2001 01:09AM
Re: Carl 123 Misterpomp 04/09/2001 02:09AM
Re: Carl 120 Carl 1 04/09/2001 06:57AM
Re: Journey..mmmmm!!! 145 Gabe 04/09/2001 02:15AM
But is it REALLY better than 'Trial By Fire'? 155Surfpunk04/09/2001 02:26AM
Re: But is it REALLY better than 'Trial By Fire'? 145 Gabe 04/09/2001 02:44AM
Deen Castronovo 152 The Rob 04/09/2001 03:19AM

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