I've finally gotten around to finishing up Journey. It's only taken 6 weeks!
I had this record when I was a kid, but I don't remember Side 2 being so awful. It's like they are intentionally trying to be "hard", but it's not working at all. I can't imagine many of their newer fans at the time digging this. Maybe the older ones could appreciate it.
But Side 1 is good stuff. Leading off with "Separate Ways" which is a good tune that I would probably like better if I didn't think of the crappy video they made for it. Jonathan Cain invented air keyboards in that video.
Rest of the tunes on Side 1 are really good stuff too and what you want to hear after after loving the Escape album so much. "Send Her My Love", "Chain Reaction", "After The Fall", and super weepy ballad, "Faithfully" which I personally think is better than "Open Arms". That's also a classic video. I love it when Steve Perry sadly looks into the mirror before shaving off his mustache. Ha, good stuff.
I'm posting both videos for your viewing pleasure.