Will Journey’s New Song Make The People Who Miss Steve Perry Start Believing Again?

noah | April 25, 2008 9:30 am

ARTIST: Journey TITLE: “Never Walk Away” DEBUT: April 24, 2008

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Journey’s first new track with Perry-doppleganger Arnel Pineda fits seamlessly into the band’s body of work; it’s an uptempo rocker with a fairly gigantic guitar hook and lyrics about the power of love. But it’s hard not to think of it as sorta inferior to the band’s other monster hits thanks to its lack of a really big chorus; I kept waiting for Pineda to turn the “never walk awa-ee-yay” in the song’s chorus into a triumphant moment, the sonic confirmation that he knew that love would in fact be staying quite put in the lives of the eloping lovers he’s singing about. It never happened, which makes me think that Mach 2 Journey really needs to have Mutt Lange walk into their lives–otherwise, they’ll just ride out the rest of their career making songs that sound like they’ve been written expressly for retail-therapy montages in Lifetime original movies.

(Also: the song’s closing chord makes me wonder if this track was actually built to be the first jab in a one-two punch encore of their new single and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Seriously, they’d segue together perfectly.)

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