Steve Perry

For the Love of Strange Medicine

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Coming ten years after his first solo album, For the Love of Strange Medicine's lack of success was solid proof that a new decade had no room for Steve Perry's saccharine-induced love songs or makeup and breakup-styled gushiness, even if it was sculpted to sound more mature. "You Better Wait" was the lead single that managed a number 29 spot, mainly because Perry's voice soared throughout its entirety, proving he could still utilize his greatest asset. The rest of the album tries to blend Perry's romantic formula with pumped-up keyboard playing and manufactured rhythms, worsening any sincerity that may or may not have been there in the first place. Tracks such as "Donna Please" and "Listen to Your Heart" try hard to rekindle Perry's Journey-esque magic, but it's nowhere to be found. Instead, his lyrics fall off into thin air without making any impact, along with commonplace radio harmonies that have long since lost their '80s luster. The end of the album has Perry sounding extra thin in songs like "Missing You" and "Somewhere There's Hope," ample evidence that, in Steve Perry's case, it takes more than just a superb voice to carry an album.

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