Chris Klimecky has been performing in bands for the last twenty years and his latest release This Journey is “focused, consistent, dynamic, produced and performed to the best of my ability, and represents a vision I am truly proud of.”
The instrumentation is good, it’s clear that Chris and his band play well together and have the enthusiasm. There are some good ideas here, although mostly borrowed. Arrival’s punchy riffs are close to Foo Fighters and with Beach Boys’ harmonies. Elsewhere Queen’s rainbow guitars appear and even flashes of a soft My Chemical Romance.
What is lacking is originality, particularly lyrically. Dull generic lyrics are all over this, but then the album title is a cliché in itself. The chorus of the title track does little to stir emotion, “You’re my partner in this journey, do or die it’s not too early. Take my hand together we’ll make it through.” While Lap of Luxury is the age-old warning that nothing comes for free described as plain as day. Energy aims for electrifying Americana with face-melting solos but it only manages to lightly sizzle. Not Your Hero is his best attempt at an anthem.
This Journey is nice but no fresh perspective on old themes and a lack of individuality makes this album average.
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