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Music Reviews - Steve Perry: Traces

Postby tater1977 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:05 am

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Music Reviews | By Ralph Greco

Steve Perry: Traces

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Undeniably Steve Perry has one of most recognizable voices in popular music within the last five decades. The ex-Journey frontman returns to making music with his first album in nearly 25 years, Traces.

The strength and distinctive edge of those golden high-flying pipes are still there, it’s just that Perry’s voice is a bit sandpapery now and he is relying here and there on some excellently placed harmony vocals throughout the production. But the guy can still write and sing.

The obvious single “No Erasin,” opens, those great harmony vocals helping, but the much stronger and big power ballad “We’re Still Here,” really delivers a punch as the second tune in. “No More Cryin’” as well as the later 50s tinged “Easy to Love,” both sway with rim shots and organ wash.

Knowing this guy recently lost his girlfriend Kellie Nash to cancer (an unwinnable battle the couple knew they were in for when they first met) makes tunes like the beautifully sad piano/string ballads “In the Rain,” (Perry’s best vocals I feel) and “You Belong to Me,” really poignant.

“Sun Shines Grey,” gives us a nice bit of rockin,’ the heaviest Perry gets here. It’s a good rock pop attempt.

Other than Journey grabbing their Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction recently, Perry has been out of the limelight for the past few decades. But at a year shy of seventy he returns to mark well all he has been through, and maybe where he is headed on Traces.
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the venue.TR.com
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Re: Music Reviews - Steve Perry: Traces

Postby perryfan61 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:02 am

Nice to see his new album is still being reviewed, pretty quiet from his side lately.
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Re: Music Reviews - Steve Perry: Traces

Postby scarab » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:25 am

Yeah, i think he is taking a long needed vacation.
Still hoping for a live performance sometime in the near future.
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Re: Music Reviews - Steve Perry: Traces

Postby tater1977 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:35 pm

CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES
Capitol Records
October 2018
74%

Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar/21 January 2019

https://100percentrock.com/cd-reviews/201901/249181

“I know it’s been a long time coming,” are the first lyrics Steve Perry sings on new album Traces, and never a truer word spoken. It’s been twenty-two long years since Perry last released new music – the Journey reunion album Trial By Fire.

Following that album he was diagnosed with a degenerative bone condition and needed a hip replacement, after which… tumbleweeds.

The first thing which is obvious about Traces is that there aren’t any musical surprises, except to say that despite the near-quarter-century gap between his last album and this one, his vocals sound as amazing as ever. Yes, they’ve warmed over the years, as everyone’s voice does as time marches on – he may not hit all the higher notes he used to, but his vocals are fantastic.

The songs are, as expected, firmly in the AOR range that Journey and his two prior solo albums inhabited, though with – that word again – a warmer, more modern production.

Warmth and comfort is what Traces is all about: it’s a return for Perry, and it is as welcome as a favourite blanket on a cold night.

Perry has gone on record to say that it was losing his girlfriend Kellie Nash to cancer in late 2012 which reignited his passion for music, and there are plenty of heartstring-tugging lyrical tributes to her on Traces, from No More Cryin’, We’re Still Here and No Erasin’ through to closer We Fly.

Don’t come to Traces thinking it’s going to be some maudlin affair, though. Oh no – these songs are largely ballads, sure, but whilst they acknowledge sadness and loss, they also remember the joy that love has brought, and celebrate that.

Schmoove is the name of Steve Perry’s game – always has been – and here his talented team of session bods and co-writers (including Randy Goodrum, who co-authored his biggest solo hit Oh Sherrie and Rob Zombie’s offsider John 5) bring exactly the polish required.

Whilst there’s nothing as instantly memorable as Oh Sherrie or Don’t Stop Believin’, Traces is a solid return to the game, and shows enough promise that we hope it has helped with his mourning and buoyed him enough to want to make another, more rounded album.

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Re: Music Reviews - Steve Perry: Traces

Postby scarab » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:43 am

Glad people are still reviewing Traces. Hope we get a birthday message with some positive news in 2019.
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