24 years! Where did the time go? Oh yes, it´s been a quarter of a century since former Journey singer Steve Perry released a solo album and who would´ve thought that he would return with another album at the age of 69? I will admit that I believed he would make another record for many years but recently I stopped thinking it would ever happen, and that´s when he dropped the first track "No Erasin´" from the new album and the comeback was a fact.
"Traces" really is something else, the album´s not a cousin to either "Street Talk" from 1984 or "For The Love of Strange Medicine" from 1994, "Traces" stands on it´s own legs. I hear a new Steve Perry on these new tracks as well as a big part of the "old/young" Perry we got to know during childhood. If the first two solo albums are chapters taken from his life, then "Traces" is the entire book.
It´s a very personal and emotional album but at the same time, not sad because these new tracks shows a big spectrum of moods with everything from rockers to ballads, happy songs and beautiful songs. Some very melancholic and others so inspiring. Where Steve Perry´s voice has lost in high-pitch, he´s gained in feeling. For me, he will be the only singer that can make me go through all emotions with his unearthly vocals.
I´m happy, music-wise I feel complete again, it´s like something had been missing in my life. I have a wonderful family and lovely friends but since Journey and Steve Perry is such a big and important part of my life. I know now that I needed to hear his voice one more time. The puzzle is complete, that missing piece was "Traces" by Steve Perry. Welcome back.