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Date Posted: 18:16:16 09/13/03 Sat
Steve Perry’s second (of three) solo albums showcases his ability to rock as hard as he did with Journey but without Neal Schon, which makes For The Love of Strange Medicine a perfect example Perry’s ability to carry his own and demonstrate why Journey could never, and will never, work without his talent.
Track one, “You Better Wait,” by S. Perry, L. Brewster, M. Lucas, J. Pierce and G. Hawkins, has a gruff, yet smooth, vocal intro with cool keyboards by Paul Taylor. I also love the rockin’ backbeat of this tune for an opener. Lincoln Brewster’s guitar work is indescribable. I love the “driving” rhythm.
Track two, “Young Hearts Forever,” by S. Perry and C. Magness, is one of my favorites on this album. I love Taylor’s keyboard intro. I love Brewster’s guitar work here. I like the keyboard and vocals on the bridge before Brewster’s solo.
Track three, “I Am,” by S. Perry, P. Taylor and L. Brewster, is my least favorite on this album. It’s a ballad. Brewster’s guitar is good, and Perry sounds cool, but that’s about it here. I like the drummer’s rim shots though.
Track four, “Stand Up (Before It’s Too Late),” by S. Perry, L. Brewster, P. Taylor, M. Lucas, and J. Kimpel, is my favorite tune on this album. I think that the rhythm is great, Lincoln Brewster’s guitar work is fabulous, and Perry’s vocal is fascinating.
Track five, “For The Love of Strange Medicine,” by S. Perry, P. Taylor, L. Brewster and M. Lucas, is a ballad that has good vocals from Perry, but the rhythm is just ok. It lags. The guitar isn’t bad though. Brewster’s guitar solo is good.
Track six, “Donna Please,” by S. Perry, P. Taylor and S. Bishop, has good piano from Paul Taylor and sweet vocals by Steve Perry. The beginning of the tune is nice before the bridge and a good guitar solo from Lincoln Brewster.
Track seven, “Listen To Your Heart,” by S. Perry, P. Taylor, L. Brewster, and M. Lucas, is one of the best tunes on here. I love Brewster’s guitar work, and Perry’s vocal’s rock. Paul Taylor’s piano work is cool. I love Perry’s “Ohh, oo, ohhs” on this tune.
Track eight, “Tuesday Heartache,” by S. Perry, C. Magness, P. Taylor, L. Brewster, and M. Lucas, is cool. Phil Brown has a good rhythm going on bass guitar, and Steve Perry has good lead vocals. I like the shuffle from drummer, Moyes Lucas and solo from Lincoln Brewster.
Track nine, “Missing You,” by S. Perry and T. Miner, starts out with good vocal harmony and piano. The only other factor that keeps this tune together is Perry’s lead vocal. It’s good.
Track ten, “Somewhere There’s Hope,” by S. Perry, L. Brewster, P. Taylor, and M. Lucas, has a great bluesy feel. I love Lincoln Brewster’s guitar intro and solo. It’s great. Taylor’s piano work is cool, and I love the vocal harmony. Perry’s lead vocal kicks butt too. It’s great.
Track eleven, “Anyway,” by S. Perry and T. Miner, is a beautiful ballad. Taylor’s piano and Perry’s vocals are great, but the most important part of this tune is the message found in the lyrics. It is rumored to be a “lyrical apology” to Neal, Jon, Ross, and Steve (Smith, the drummer for Journey). The vocal harmony and guitar solo are cool, too.
Overall, For The Love of Strange Medicine is a good album. It’s different than “Street Talk.” I think Perry has definitely proved he can hold his own with this album. If, and when, he comes out with another album (if he decides to tour), I’ll be there. What a fabulous record.