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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby shaneslatts » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:15 am

The_Noble_Cause wrote:
hgwy407 wrote:"I still feel the first verse is a little forced with the CAAAAAAR.... but from there its just a fun feel good song with great harmonies. I would give it 7.5/10 for a PErry solo song.
Hoping the next single No More Cryin will be better."

I strongly agree. I'm still having problems getting beyond that line. I too am hoping the rest of the album is better, although I am happy he is back and that so many others are happy with this song, it's long overdue.

I've heard complaints from several people about the "caaaar" line. To me, it's classic Perry doing his thing. I love it. Nobody enunciates like SP.

If "Lights" never existed, and Perry released it today, folks would complain that making "citay" rhyme with "Bay" is forced.
Perry has phrased exactly like he does on "No Erasin" for years.
I think the song is classic Perry, but , to each their own
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby scarab » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:31 am

rhyming face with "caaar" big difference from citay with bay.
otherwise song flows nicely (and rhymes) and the harmonies kick *ss.
either way song is very good and hope more greatness is to come.

also love the head bang at the end of video, whens the last time he did that? heh
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby The_Noble_Cause » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:38 am

scarab wrote:rhyming face with "caaar" big difference from citay with bay.

Songs don't have to follow traditional rhyme schemes.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby SteveForever » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:42 pm

Hi, been awhile.... just listened to "No More Cryin".... lots of drums! I hope the rest of the songs feature him a little closer to the mic and not so much background music. I still like it though, it's so incredible to hear new Steve. :mrgreen:
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby Greg » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:22 pm

This is so funny, but being exposed to these songs via a YouTube video gives a much different take on the songs than simply listening to them through other means. The first time I heard No Erasin' was by watching the video on YouTube. My initial thoughts were, "Perry's just a tad bit more raspy and almost seems like he's trying too hard on this line and that line. Otherwise, sounds great!" My wife had the first initial response. She was like, "He sounds OK, but he sounds like he's straining". But then, listening to the song through streaming or iTunes, I was better able to concentrate on the music itself - no visuals to distract me. He sounded so much better. My wife thought the same thing.

So, this morning, I'm watching the No More Cryin' video, and thought he sounded really good, had some vintage Perryisms going on within this bluesy track, and really liked that song. Still thought he sounded a bit more raspy. But, I just got through listening to the song through Pandora, again, no video to distract me, just listening to the track itself, and I'm blown away. This song is easily my favorite between it and No Erasin'; and I really like No Erasin'. This sounds like a vintage, Infinity era Journey ballad to me. I thought Perry sounded HUGE on this song. So far, two very solid tracks from his album. I'm sure there are people who will never be able to get their ears out of the late 70's, early 80's, but I think Perry sounds great. Just remember all of the speculation about his voice, even dating back to the mid 2000's - people said his voice was shot. Clearly, that wasn't and isn't the case. Listen to these songs through a high quality stream or download, no video, just close your eyes and listen to the songs.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby MotherCitay » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:43 pm

STEVE PERRY - Traces (Full Feature Review by Andrew McNeice) ... ure-review

Produced By: Thom Flowers & Steve Perry
Running Time: 40
Musical Style: AOR, Soul
Label: Fantasy

The return of Steve Perry is one thing, but the avalanche of publicity for the immediate release of a single and a full album due October 5, has been something else.
Such is the rarity of new Perry work, I have been writing for 22 years and only covered one new studio album – Journey’s Trial By Fire.
But here we are – Traces is the new album – a 10 track chronicle of Steve’s recent life experiences and a 15-track deluxe edition available via direct online or USA Target stores. This is a review of the standard/international edition. It will be updated with word on the additional 5 tracks ASAP.

To many – me included – Steve Perry is the voice of AOR, the definitive authority on just how good vocals can be. You have to get past the pure excitement factor of just getting to hear his voice again before you can objectively critique new material. I have given most of my personal favourite artists a serve at one point or another over the years, however, I’m pleased to say there’s not much to be critical of here – provided fans understand the reality of Steve Perry 2018.

The voice is rougher, raspier and it isn’t as strong as it once was. But that’s almost stating the bleeding obvious. Who would be at nearly 70 years of age?
What I care about is performance and songs and ‘Traces’ gets a tick in each column.

I can’t imagine anyone is surprised to hear this is a ballad filled, slow to mid-tempo record. And while some may struggle with the pace, I doubt any long time Perry fan is going to be disappointed.
Steve Perry at 70 is still Steve Perry. Just like hearing Neil Diamond at any stage in his career, so too is the joy of hearing Steve Perry. It’s that distinctive voice and those trademark inflections, that tone and that unmistakable delivery of mood and emotion that no one does better.
The characteristics and familiar style of Steve Perry’s past is all over this record. You can hear parts of ‘Street Talk’, ‘Strange Medicine’ and of course ‘Trial By Fire’ and other Journey-isms.

Taking a look at the songs themselves:

‘No Erasin’' is the upbeat easy to like, catchy as hell lead track (and single). I’ve enjoyed it from the start and I’m still enjoying it. Immediately memorable and the layered Motown harmonies are trademark Steve.

‘We're Still Here’ is the second track and a ballad as expected. It’s very smooth, very moody and features a more direct and unfiltered lead vocal. Textured with modern production effects and soulful harmonies, the chorus isn't big, but it's cool. Compared to the rest of the album’s ballads, it almost feels ‘up’, especially with the chorus.

'Most Of All' is a co-write with the great Randy Goodrum. It features a wonderful heartfelt vocal; slower and very sparse and smooth, this time lead primarily by Steve's voice and a grand piano. The chorus lifts tempo slightly as does Steve's voice. I picked it as a favourite from the first listen and that’s stayed true. Not unlike Strange Medicine's slower moments, plus a nice guitar solo and plenty of soul.

'No More Cryin' is yet another ballad, but each track has its own vibe, making the album far more enjoyable overall. This track has a touch of the Memphis blues about it and immediately reminds me of old school Steve. The chorus lifts the tempo and has some cool modern guitar riffing.

'In The Rain' is something very special. This is a very personal, very emotional piano ballad, formed with just a warm, soulful vocal, the piano and some lush orchestration. The vocal is amazing - very raw and haunting and Steve’s most ambitious high notes on the album. I can’t praise that enough and the vocal-melody makes the song.

'Sun Shines Grey' is co-written with John 5 and producer Thom Flowers. We've found the album’s other rocker, and it reminds me of modern day Rick Springfield mixed with Journey's Can't Tame The Lion. I could imagine Neal Schon playing on this, but John 5 is the man behind the riffs and also delivers a cool solo.

'You Belong To Me' is another soft piano ballad with accompanying string orchestration and an ultra-smooth and soulful vocal. There's some rasp in that voice its aged, but it’s still driven by those classic Perry nuances.

‘Easy To Love' is another stand out ballad. This one is characterised by some percussion and organ accompanying a slow, steady Motown style vocal. The chorus jumps in tempo with some classic Perry soul harmonies. This is definitely another ballad with a familiar vibe.

'I Need You' is a cover of the Beatles tune, a mere 2.59 in length, this ballad features the most familiar Perry vocal sound yet! Soft, slow,’s the theme of the record.

Closing out the standard edition of this album 'We Fly' is another unique ballad. The first minute features just Steve's vocal. Talk about putting yourself out there! It’s an intense song that builds as it goes with atmospheric keyboards in the background.
And there you go. A very quick 40 minutes flies by as you immerse yourself in the music and lyrics of the maestro. It’s a very fine record, there’s no doubt. Immaculately produced and constructed, with equally impressive musical performances by the band assembled and also the orchestral parts. The soulful harmonies are classic Perry and lush in texture.

What I do like about this album is each ballad has its own style, its own emotion and its own unique energy. Overall, this is a very contemporary album. The two rockers are both very commercial and the ballads could be lifted from any era. It’s a mood album…but perfect for when you’re in that mood.

It's Steve ‘MF’ Perry. It’s also very very good.
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