• Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

Steve Perry – Ex-Journey Vocalist Returns with Traces, His Latest Solo Album in Years!

As the classic frontman of Journey, Steve Perry has long been revered as one of the top voices in the rock/pop world. Following a lengthy absence, Perry returned to the public light. He has now released Traces, his latest studio album, and first recorded work in decades.

It’s always a risky proposition when a classic artist who’s been distant from the music world makes a comeback. That said, this long-time fan was eager to see Mr. Perry back behind a microphone. Traces has arrived, but is it the album fans will want?



I love Steve Perry’s work with Journey, and even his lesser-appreciated solo work. When Traces begins, it’s clear Perry’s vocal abilities are still surprisingly solid. Sure, he doesn’t sound exactly like he did in his prime, but his voice has held up better than many of his contemporaries.

The problem with Traces isn’t Perry’s vocals, which still sound quite good, but rather that the music on the album is excruciatingly dull to listen to. It’s a melodic pop album throughout, and none of the songs are really all that distinctive from one another. The music on here is not horrible, but it’s boring. Even appearances from special guests do little to enhance the experience. He tries to keep things interesting by covering a George Harrison-penned Beatles tune, but chooses the average “I Need You,” and makes the song far too slow and drawn-out, making for another misstep. (Interestingly, Journey had covered another Harrison-penned Beatles song, “It’s All Too Much,” prior to Perry’s joining the band.)

Audiences should be aware what they’re getting here is not a rock/pop album in the style of Journey, nor are they getting one which lives up to his earlier solo endeavors. Every track basically sounds the same with minimal highlights. Despite Perry’s vocals being solid enough, there just isn’t enough here to make an audience want to purchase the record (though I do have a feeling the album will have its fans and supporters nonetheless). This fan hopes Steve Perry makes a full-on comeback and continues to record, but don’t bother with this album.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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