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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.



Yup.
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 tater1977 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:59 am

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

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

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

http://www.melodicrock.com/articles/rev ... 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, soulful...it’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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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby tater1977 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:24 pm

STEVE PERRY - Traces (Special Edition Bonus Tracks Review)

http://melodicrock.com/content/steve-pe ... cks-review

‘October In New York’ is a slow crooner of a song – a very authentic jazz/40s pop crooner complete with a stripped back jazz-ballad arrangement with orchestration and a simple piano to accompany. Not huge on this one – but the musical style is not my bag generally speaking.

‘Angel Eyes’ lifts the tempo a little – mid-range for this track, which quite honestly could have come straight off Street Talk. Gracious, this one should have been on all editions! A wonderful breezy tune with lots of Motown influences and the same feel as ‘I Believe’ and ‘Go Away’. The vocal is quite marvellous.

‘Call On Me’ takes on the third different style in 3 songs. Almost as if Steve has left the more adventurous tracks for the special edition. This one has another familiar feel to it, using a mid-tempo reggae beat in the same way as Steve has done before, with his soulful vocals just dripping over the instrumentation. Another fine vocal it must be said and another likeable song. I would have used this on the regular edition.

‘Could We Be Somethin’ Again’ is yet another left turn – a slow to mid-tempo pop/soul track with a tidy little beat and another warm vocal. Good song, but definitely a bonus track kinda tune.

The 3 minute ‘Blue Jays Fly’ is the 5th song with the 5th different style. Not sure how to describe this one. A softly sung vocal over sparse instrumentation – it’s almost in a meditative or lullaby state that doesn’t feature a lot of vocals. It closes out things nicely, but not one I’d choose for the main set of songs.

More songs are always welcomed – there’s a couple of great tunes here that could easily have been part of the main release. The other 3 make for likable bonus tracks and take Steve’s overdue comeback album to a better length.
My original review and rating remain intact.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby perryfan61 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:10 am

Makes me even more anxious to get my copy! Thanks for your reviews, much appreciated :D
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby scarab » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:40 am

Hoping Target has the physical CD.
And the funny thing is I have to dig out a Mp3 player that has a CD player on it.
Wow, its been ages since I listened to a CD (even in my truck).

Sad thing I listen to online podcasts and talk radio more than music. Ugh, I have become my father.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby perryfan61 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:19 am

scarab wrote:Hoping Target has the physical CD.
And the funny thing is I have to dig out a Mp3 player that has a CD player on it.
Wow, its been ages since I listened to a CD (even in my truck).

Sad thing I listen to online podcasts and talk radio more than music. Ugh, I have become my father.


:D :D :D I haven't reached that stage yet. Talk radio tends to upset me, music never does.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby LazzMan » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:07 am

The_Noble_Cause wrote:Reminder - the Target version has several extra tracks (already pre-ordered mine). Some of those could be uptempo!


They aren't. I got mine today. All of the "extra" songs are ballads. Being fair, this is an album that HE wanted to do, not a record label mandate. So he was going to do what HE wanted to do...and we all know he has always been more driven to ballads. He didn't have a "Neal" forcing the up-tempo issue this time.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby scarab » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:33 am

bummer no rockers or midtempos w/ the bonus songs but Street Talk really only had 1 rocker, Strung Out.
Sure Its only love and You should be Happy had uptempo parts but at the most they were midtempo songs.

the others.

Oh Sherrie - Part Ballad/Part Midtempo with an awful guitar solo
I Believe - A Fun motownish song but not a rocker
Go Away - Ballad
Foolish Heart - Ballad to the nth degree
She Mine - Moody Ballad
Running Alone - Semi Power Ballad
Captured by the moment - Ballad

And its ironic he switched out Dont Tell me Why your leaving because the album only needed 1 bluesy rocker.
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Re: Andrew McNeice @MelodicRock Review of Steve Perry's New

Postby jrny84 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:39 am

Traces Review: Ultimate Classic Rock
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/steve-pe ... es-review/

By Nick Deriso October 3

Maybe Steve Perry was always this nostalgic. Maybe that sense of transportive wonder accounts for his songs' mystery, and their magic – even when they'd just been released. Maybe Perry-era Journey always sounded like something from the near horizon, something to be dreamed of and yearned for. Something unreachable.
That would certainly explain Perry's staying power, despite so long away: His songs tend to co-mingle very real memories of that time with these universal themes of longing. Everybody becomes a small-town girl or her boy. Everybody, girl and boy, inhabits that same lonely world.

This sounds terribly old fashioned now, and in a way it always was. Yet, at the same time, it all felt very new back then, like some fresh alchemy. He was part of the zeitgeist, not some ghost. They played the "Faithfully" video on MTV until everyone knew precisely which verse heralded the shaving of Perry's ridiculous mustache. Journey didn't just rule the charts or the road. They had their own video game.
So when Steve Perry returns, it's fair to wonder what might have changed, in him and in us. It's fair to wonder if his essential wistfulness remains, and if that sentimentality can transfer in a modern age defined both by fragmentation and online smart-assery. Quite frankly, though, the worst thing would have been if Traces tried, almost a quarter century past his last solo album, to stake out some new ground, or to contemporize something that somehow always seemed blissfully out of time.
You want Steve Perry to be Steve Perry, if you were ever a fan. And Traces delivers.
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He guarded against those kind of missteps, whether consciously or not, by keeping the prolonged sessions that produced this discreetly involving studio effort so intimate. This is the product of internal conversations, as Perry struggled past the death of a new love, and it plays like that throughout. Traces is meditative, soft spoken and vulnerable, as personal a record as a former melodic-rock superstar has perhaps ever released.
Only rarely does he dabble in the kind of soaring power ballads that defined his old band, on songs like "No Erasin'," "Most of All" and, especially, "Sun Shines Gray." Perry isn't trying to reclaim that crown, so much as reconnect on a deeper level. That's why this wouldn't work as a Journey record. "We're Still Here," the desperately sad "In the Rain" and "We Fly" aren't playing to the nosebleed seats. This is the kind of record that translates at a coffee shop, not Madison Square Garden.
In this way, sales figures for Journey albums like Escape will assuredly remain safe. Instead, what Perry has done with Traces is expand upon and – most crucially – personalize that era's essential themes of sweet reverie, of love lost, of treasured remembrance. His protagonists, like his voice, are now older and obviously weathered. This is how it all turned out for that singer in the smoky room. He's beat up, maybe irrevocably. His best days might just be behind him.
Still, what days they were. Whether Perry is talking about his private life, his place in the quickly shifting pop firmament, or that of the everyday fan who doesn't recognize the old person staring back in the mirror, it all rings true. This is what happens. This is how everything irrevocably unfolds. It really does go on and on and on. Traces is here to remind us to take it all in.
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