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Eclipse [Import]

Journey Audio CD
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1. City of Hope
2. Edge of the Moment
3. Chain of Love
4. Tantra
5. Anything is Possible
6. Resonate
7. She’s a Mystery
8. Human Feel
9. Ritual
10. To Whom It May Concern
11. Someone
12. Venus

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2011 album from the Classic Rock/AOR veterans. EMI

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very awesome album Dec 16 2011
By Brett
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The latest offering from Journey is well worth picking up. Arnel does a great job of vocals and even if you're a die hard fan of the Steve perry you will still like the feel of the album. I always worry when a band I like goes through a lineup change, but the writing is as good as ever and the feel is still the same. Cannot wait for the next album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Riffs! The Riffs! June 26 2011
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
You gotta give 'em credit for trying. 3 singers since Steve Perry and Journey still refuse to patch it up or pack it in. Arnel Pineda is still the singer, back here for his second Journey album, and now contributing songwriting to the mix.

Otherwise, Eclipse (stylized as ECL1PS3 on the cover art) is heavily dominated by Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain, and you can tell that this is Neal's album. Upon playing Eclipse, you will be inundated by colossal Schon riff after colossal Schon riff. This is backed by some dramatic synth by Cain. This is a much heavier Journey album than any in recent memory. It's a good mix and producer Kevin Shirley captured it. I've usually been skeptical when Journey puts out a new album and says, "This is us being heavier." Stuff like the Red 5 EP...they were just underwhelming and were missing the soul of Journey.

I would argue that the soul of Journey belongs to Steve Perry, but Arnel Pineda turns in a stunning performance this time. Not that he didn't last time, but this time it sounds less like he's trying to be Steve Perry. This time it sounds like he's more himself, and it's better that way. Incredible set of pipes on this man by the way.

Also, I need to remind myself that Journey did three albums before Steve Perry joined the band and have their roots in more instrumental progressive rock. And some of the guitar passages on this album sound a little like stuff from those first three album. It's fleeting but it's there.

Current fave: "Edge of the Moment".
Most Journey-esque: "City Of Hope". (It even calls out an older Journey song called "Message Of Love".
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103 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Re-Invents Itself with One of the Finest Rock Albums in Years May 24 2011
By Will W. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
First of all let's be clear about one thing: this isn't your fathers Journey- Eclipse is like nothing the band has done before; its daring, its unapologetic, it has an edge (and a really sharp one at that) while at the same time it has a unifying theme (you could call it a "Concept Album" if you wanted to) of positivity and spirituality both lyrically and musically which allows the album to become greater than the sum of its parts. In a nutshell, Eclipse is the single greatest rock album in years...maybe decades.

While some are calling this Neal Schon's album, and while it certainly is a guitar record, that is selling it short. This is a group effort no doubt about it-Jonathan Cain's lyrical contributions are clearly evident and his keyboards balance the compositions; Deen Castronovo must have gone through several drum sets (and gallons of Gatorade) because his drumming is vicious-Steve Smith he's not, but this is a hard rock record and he's perfect for it. And then there is Arnel Pineda....wow. That's it-wow. He had the range on Revalation that was clear, but he was a) raw, b) hesitant and c) singing too much like Steve Perry. On Eclipse several things are obvious: first the band clearly got him a vocal coach because his vocals are more polished and most if not all hints of his accent are gone (this is good thing for me...it was distracting), second he sounds stronger-there is more kick and depth...he has become a bona fide rock vocalist and third he has become his own man-and the result is mind blowing. Pineda uses his range often but he doesn't over use it and on many songs I'm more impressed with the power of the voice (especially in the mid ranges) than how high he can sing. Perhaps most importantly is that Pineda has developed his own character and tone so that at long last I can listen to a post-Steve Perry album and not think of Steve Perry.

This is both the most difficult and most gratifying aspect of Eclipse for me personally because I'm a Steve Perry loyalist but even I must finally admit something: there CAN and IS a Journey after Steve. This development is a welcome one for me because, as great as Perry was and is, Journey was always greater than the sum of its parts...but it continued to live in the shadow of one of those parts for three albums doing "Paint By Numbers Steve Perry Journey"-but minus Steve Perry. Not only does Eclipse immediately rocket to the top of the list of great Journey albums with Infinity, Frontiers and Trial By Fire, but in many regards, wait for it.......it eclipses them because it dares to be different, not only from the albums preceding it but from any other music being made today or in recent memory.

Eclipse is what you get when an immensely talent group of musicians are not hampered by the considerations of record labels, radio airplay or any concern about preconceived notions as to what music they should be making. Eclipse is one song after another of heavy hitting no compromises rock n' roll interweaved with messages of hope, growth and the positive and uplifting aspects of love....and its comprehensive about it: five of the songs exceed 5 minutes and another five exceed 6 minutes. Along the way Neal Schon firmly establishes his legacy as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time; every song is, at some point or another, a wall of guitar work. There are not one or two solos per song....most have several and there isn't one line of guitar chords but rather multiple ones at once. This combined with how the songs shift pace and change direction so dynamically yet without seeming choppy is unbelievable. Just when you think you know where a track is going (based on what "standard" rock songs do and/or what Journey has done before) you are confronted with some mind blowing twist....I can't remember the last time I heard something so refreshingly creative and different.

I could spend pages going into each song-but not only would you not want to read that, it might spoil the fun. Suffice to say the first half of the album finds a way to "Resonate" a bit more with me than the second half (in fact the first 6 songs are pretty near perfection)-but saying that in no way is a knock on the second half...it's just a testament to how great this album is.

In a recent interview, Neal Schon said the album name "Eclipse" was chosen because an eclipse is something comes around only once in a great while which at first might just seem like overblown hyperbole by an artist about his work....until you actually hear the album. Not only that, I have to wonder how much of a message the name (and album cover which is very Escape-esqe with the scarab and stylized lettering....but the scarab is covering and overshadowing the sun entirely) is sending with regards to it being a re-invention of the band. Whatever the message is or isn't being sent with the title or cover, the real message being sent is with the music...as it should be.

Rarely am I surprised or pleased by music this much; musicians and the industry rarely like to take chances...maybe more so with established artists because you don't mess with success right? Journey should be commended for having the guts and creative vision not only to attempt an album such as this, but to pull it off so brilliantly. Over the top,melodic, powerful,emotional, bold, brilliant, intelligent, crazy, self-indulgent, passionate. All of the above and more make Eclipse a classic album. Journey or otherwise, this is a masterpiece of musical genius that will be instantly recognized as a classic, groundbreaking album.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waiting for Journey to do an album like this for a long time May 28 2011
By Thomas M. Kensil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First things first: Journey has been my favorite band since their formation from Santana in 1973. They are one of the most successful American rock bands of all time, yet they are still rejected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why? During the peak years they were labled as too commercial and soft. Hello? They had 3 great instrumental albums before Infinity and Perry. They played as great musicians and had the GREAT Gregg Rolie as front man and Keyboardist. I laugh at these casual fans who think Infinity is the first album.

Eclipse is a whole new Journey. It's different than most of their other albums. Basically, when it comes to Journey, there are two camps. Camp One is the instrumental Rolie/Schon/hard rock guitar, keys and drumming group. Camp Two is the Steve Perry Ballad Camp. I'm more of the former, not the latter and I know I'm in the minority. Yes, Perry put them on the map and gave them the biggest success, but they became pop and the hard rocking instrumentals from the first 3 (pre-Perry) albums went away for the most part. Thanks Steve for making them a legendary band. Now as I understand it, Perry has not even made a solo album in almost two decades...so lets move on already! Arnel is great. This CD has 12 songs on it and only a couple are ballads. The rest are Hard Rock Shredders! This album is in a way is a sort of Journey Hybrid, combining the 1975 group with a touch of the 1981 and 2008 versions. Once again Neal has shined and taken the band back to the days of rippers like "Nickel and Dime" and away from sappy love songs like "Open Arms." I say this with all due respect for Jonathan Cain. In fact, I give more credit to Jonathan for Journey's greatest success (Rolie recommended him as his replacement) because Jon is clearly the group's best song writer. He is the smartest guy in the band and I admire his ability to put ego on hold and let Neal take a chance on a change of pace album. "After all these Years" is a GREAT ballad, but the band can only do so many similar ballads before getting bored or even written off as past their prime or "same old Stuff." This album feeds new life into the constantly changing journey of a great band. What do you want to hear? Songs like Boston's "More than a Feeling" re-written over and over again in different words just for radio airplay (Boring)? Radio is dead anyway. Journey will not get radio play anyway. So why not be creative and send a message like doing what you want and use your passion and skills to show how good of professional musicians you really are?

In my personal opinion, Journey has always been about their SOUND and not who was singing. That "spacey sound" started in album #1. It is rooted in Gregg Rolie's and Neal's coming over from Santana and then creating the so called "Jazz/Fusion Rock" style. Perry them gave them hits so they could survive. I give Steve the utmost respect and credit for what he did during his years with the band...they were great. But I like rockers over ballads and I like that Neal Schon (In a recent interview on Eclipse and the Soprano's etc etc...Go to Google and read it) said he was tired of the same 'ol cookie cutter ballad formula and told Kevin Shirley basically it's my way or the highway.

In these modern days of Beyonce, Lady Gaga etc. isn't it nice for us older guys to hear an actual rock album again? Playing real instruments? And singing to where you can actually hear the words and what the singer is singing about? BTW, what new material has Van Halen, Foreigner or Styx produced?

I'm sorry casual fans, but Journey is not about Steve Perry, but rather, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Ross Valory and Jon Cain.

5 Stars. Love this album!!!
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclipse - Journey On Steroids May 24 2011
By R. Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Journey released their hallmark album, Escape, 30 years ago in 1981. Since then, a lot has changed. Members have come and gone. Singers have been hired and fired. And through this evolution, Journey has carried on and continued to make new music.

Eclipse is not your typical Journey album, nor is it typical of a band who was established more than 35 yeas ago. This album rocks - hard. If you are looking for timeless ballads in the style of "Open Arms," "Faithfully," or even "After All These Years" from Revelation, you're not going to find any. The closest thing that Eclipse has to those slow masterworks comes in the form of "Tantra". It starts out with just piano and voice, but less than 2 minutes in, it becomes a grand, progressive epic that lasts 7 minutes. It is a very good song however. Arnel Pineda's voice is stunning not only on this song, but throughout the album. He has a presence that is not unlike that of the legendary Steve Perry, and on this album he sounds more like himself than on the previous album where it sounded like he was trying to mimic Perry's phrasing and delivery.

The rest of the album is a guitar fest. Openning with the catchy "City of Hope," Eclipse wastes no time in informing the listener that this is going to be an exciting affair. The chorus to the song is glorious with a perpetual guitar riff that lays the groundwork for the song. The chorus melody also features some nice keyboard flourishes from Jonathan Cain. "Edge of The Moment" and "Chain of Love" continue in a similar style - muscular rock songs with big hooks. Deen Castronovo's drumming is propulsive throughout.

After the aforementioned "Tantra," it's back to rock with the hook-laden "Anything Is Possible". This song sounds like it could have been at home on Raised On Radio or even on the first Bad English album. What follows is the album's standout track, "Resonate." It begins almost like a shuttle getting ready for lift off, with an eerie thunder-like soundscape that gives way to one of the album's best riffs. The chorus could not be catchier and Pineda's voice soars over the crunching rhythm.

After these 6 winners, the album takes a nose-dive for the out-of-place "She's A Mystery". It's an acoustic guitar, mid-tempo excursion. In some ways it's a bit psychadelic and torwards the end it does explode into another Neal Schon shred-fest, but the whole thing sounds very out-of-place with the rest of the record. The hook also lacks excitement.

Thankfully, the rest of the album picks up where "Resonate" left off and there are plenty of hooks in the latter half of the record. "Human Feel" is notable for its epic drum sound. The drums are the focus of this song. The lyrics touch on the progression of technology and it's coldness when compared to human kind. Pretty heavy stuff. "Ritual" is another song that sounds like it could have come from a Bad English album with a very slick chorus that screams 80s. "To Whom It May Concern" is very deep lyrically, yearning for peace in this chaotic and corrupt world. The verse melody draws the listener in and the chorus features Pineda plaintively calling for man to unite in harmony. "Someone" is an average song, but the chorus is catchy with prevalent background vocals that help reinstill the chorus melody. The album closes with an instrument reprise of "To Whom It May Concern" where Schon and Castronovo really let loose. It's a fitting way to end an album that is so adventurous and agressive.

If you are a Neal Schon fan, or a fan of hard-edged melodic rock in general, this album will appeal to you. If to you, the most important element of Journey is Jonathan Cain's piano ballads, Eclipse will be a bit of a turn-off. What's most important though and should trump all other factors, is that almost all the songs have memorable melodies, albeit loaded with guitar riffs. If you give the album a chance, you will be rewarded. Also, it is hard to imagine a better vocal performance than Arnel Pineda displays on this album. His soaring tenor gives these songs an urgency and soulful authenticity that is rarely found anymore in the rock genre.

Give the disc a spin and keep an open mind. Eclipse is an epic journey within itself.

Highly recommended.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars JOURNEY ALL PUMPED UP - SCHON OVER SHADOWS June 2 2011
By Jack Beggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's no Good Morning Girl or Open Arms or Faithfully here; nothing even close.
No Wheel In The Sky or Don't Stop Believin' or Rubicon either.
Not one song like the 80 plus great power ballads and rockers that defined Journey

Mainly that's because ALL songs are cranked with Schon-type guitar work much like what he did before Steve Perry joined Journey. Schon said at the time that Journey went from a jam band to a song band. I say they went from obscurity to one of the greatest rock band of the last 40 years.

With Eclipse Journey went back to being a jam band, but with vocals That does not mean that it is all bad.

But there are no power ballads that make you cry; no classic rock that makes your heart rate jump the very first time you hear the song. There's not much to instantly LOVE the very first time you hear it. Those attributes made Journey albums great from Infinity through Revelation. The 80 plus GREAT melodies, lyrics and arrangements were total quality and all over the map so that the songs came out diverse, unique, timeless and unforgettable. .

Trouble is that you lose much of that quality and diversity when you crank EVERYTHING. That's what Journey did on Eclipse. The lyrics and melodies suffer somewhat from the focus on cranked guitar riffs. So Journey diehards need to be prepared to give Eclipse several listens before the better songs start to sink in like older Journey songs did instantly.

Vocal wise, Arnel again does a great job and confirms he's equal to the task of replacing Perry and Augeri.

The closest song to a Journey power ballad is To Whom It may Concern. But that's really the only one. Tantra starts of with some keyboard emotion but the cranked wailing guitar diminishes the overall melody. The best CRANKED Journey songs include City Of Hope, Anything Is Possible, and Someone.

GREATEST HITS? Another way to look at it is this: Before Eclipse, Journey created 11 new music albums with the greatest pop/rock of all time, starting with Infinity. They also released several greatest hit compilations based on that music, because you can never stop listening to those songs. Will any of the Eclipse songs ever be released as part of a Journey greatest his compilation? NO WAY!

There really is some good music on Eclipse but it may take more time for us traditional Journey spoiled fans to warm up to it. If ever.
43 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Re-Invents Itself with One of the Finest Rock Albums in Years May 23 2011
By Will W. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all let's be clear about one thing: this isn't your fathers Journey- Eclipse is like nothing the band has done before; its daring, its unapologetic, it has an edge (and a really sharp one at that) while at the same time it has a unifying theme (you could call it a "Concept Album" if you wanted to) of positivity and spirituality both lyrically and musically which allows the album to become greater than the sum of its parts. In a nutshell, Eclipse is the single greatest rock album in years...maybe decades.

While some are calling this Neal Schon's album, and while it certainly is a guitar record, that is selling it short. This is a group effort no doubt about it-Jonathan Cain's lyrical contributions are clearly evident and his keyboards balance the compositions; Deen Castronovo must have gone through several drum sets (and gallons of Gatorade) because his drumming is vicious-Steve Smith he's not, but this is a hard rock record and he's perfect for it. And then there is Arnel Pineda....wow. That's it-wow. He had the range on Revalation that was clear, but he was a) raw, b) hesitant and c) singing too much like Steve Perry. On Eclipse several things are obvious: first the band clearly got him a vocal coach because his vocals are more polished and most if not all hints of his accent are gone (this is good thing for me...it was distracting), second he sounds stronger-there is more kick and depth...he has become a bona fide rock vocalist and third he has become his own man-and the result is mind blowing. Pineda uses his range often but he doesn't over use it and on many songs I'm more impressed with the power of the voice (especially in the mid ranges) than how high he can sing. Perhaps most importantly is that Pineda has developed his own character and tone so that at long last I can listen to a post-Steve Perry album and not think of Steve Perry.
This is both the most difficult and most gratifying aspect of Eclipse for me personally because I'm a Steve Perry loyalist but even I must finally admit something: there CAN and IS a Journey after Steve. This development is a welcome one for me because, as great as Perry was and is, Journey was always greater than the sum of its parts...but it continued to live in the shadow of one of those parts for three albums doing "Paint By Numbers Steve Perry Journey"-but minus Steve Perry. Not only does Eclipse immediately rocket to the top of the list of great Journey albums with Infinity, Frontiers and Trial By Fire, but in many regards, wait for it.......it eclipses them because it dares to be different, not only from the albums preceding it but from any other music being made today or in recent memory.

Eclipse is what you get when an immensely talent group of musicians are not hampered by the considerations of record labels, radio airplay or any concern about preconceived notions as to what music they should be making. Eclipse is one song after another of heavy hitting no compromises rock n' roll interweaved with messages of hope, growth and the positive and uplifting aspects of love....and its comprehensive about it: five of the songs exceed 5 minutes and another five exceed 6 minutes. Along the way Neal Schon firmly establishes his legacy as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time; every song is, at some point or another, a wall of guitar work. There are not one or two solos per song....most have several and there isn't one line of guitar chords but rather multiple ones at once. This combined with how the songs shift pace and change direction so dynamically yet without seeming choppy is unbelievable. Just when you think you know where a track is going (based on what "standard" rock songs do and/or what Journey has done before) you are confronted with some mind blowing twist....I can't remember the last time I heard something so refreshingly creative and different.

I could spend pages going into each song-but not only would you not want to read that, it might spoil the fun. Suffice to say the first half of the album finds a way to "Resonate" a bit more with me than the second half (in fact the first 6 songs are pretty near perfection)-but saying that in no way is a knock on the second half...it's just a testament to how great this album is.

In a recent interview, Neal Schon said the album name "Eclipse" was chosen because an eclipse is something comes around only once in a great while which at first might just seem like overblown hyperbole by an artist about his work....until you actually hear the album. Not only that, I have to wonder how much of a message the name (and album cover which is very Escape-esqe with the scarab and stylized lettering....but the scarab is covering and overshadowing the sun entirely) is sending with regards to it being a re-invention of the band. Whatever the message is or isn't being sent with the title or cover, the real message being sent is with the music...as it should be.

Rarely am I surprised or pleased by music this much; musicians and the industry rarely like to take chances...maybe more so with established artists because you don't mess with success right? Journey should be commended for having the guts and creative vision not only to attempt an album such as this, but to pull it off so brilliantly. Over the top,melodic, powerful,emotional, bold, brilliant, intelligent, crazy, self-indulgent, passionate. All of the above and more make Eclipse a classic album. Journey or otherwise, this is a masterpiece of musical genius that will be instantly recognized as a classic, groundbreaking album.
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