In the upcoming release of the Journey documentary, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, the band tells the story of how they discovered vocalist Arnel Pineda on YouTube, and having to overcome the pressure of replacing one of the most recognizable voices in rock.
Journey has released two studio albums with Arnel on vocals. Anyone wondering what the band sounds like these days and what they have to offer should start with these five tracks:
- City Of Love (from the 2011 album Eclipse) – The opening track from Eclipse proves that Journey’s writing and playing received a shot in the arm with the addition of Arnel. It features the signature huge Journey hook and could easily have been featured on Frontiers or Raised On Radio.
- Anything Is Possible (from the 2011 album Eclipse) – Classic positive energy Journey AOR sound. The production is flawless and about two minutes in you remember that it is Arnel singing and not Steve Perry.
- Resonate (from the 2011 album Eclipse) – A little more heavy rock than fans may be used to, but Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo are in no way hard rock poseurs. Arnel’s harmony vocals in the chorus are so close to Steve Perry it’s almost frightening.
- Faith In The Heartland (from the 2008 album Revelation) – Originally recorded for the Generations album with singer Steve Augeri, the band felt it deserved another shot and re-recorded the track with Arnel. The chorus is so huge it will make you feel like you are the champion/hero in a cheesy 80’s movie! This track proves the playing and writing in Journey has not suffered in any way and the band continues to thrive and deliver to their fans.
- Wheel In The Sky (from the 2008 album Revelation) – This updated version of the Journey classic is definitely a great polish and tune-up of the original. The vocals are crisp and clear and it’s great to hear Jonathon Cain and Deen Castronovo, who did not appear on the original, add their spin on the tune.