Throwback Thursday – Street Talk

Steve Perry is perhaps most known as the frontman for the band that created hits such as “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Faithfully,” Journey. Between taking time off from the band, and ultimately leaving, Perry has created 2 solo albums, and reportedly is working on a 3rd. Today we review his 1984 debut album “Street Talk.”

 

Oh Sherrie – Steve opens the album strong with arguably one of his best tracks in his discography. This 80s Synth rock pop track sounds beautiful with his soulful vocals and a catchy beat.

 

I Believe – This soul inspired track feels lacking and honestly sticks out from the rest of the album. While Steve’s vocals don’t let down, and rarely do, the track feels bland and doesn’t catch one’s eyes.

 

Go Away – Going back to an 80s vibe, Steve somewhat shines with this track. While this track’s bouncy guitar can make some feel good it still just feels.. lacking… and that’s not to say that the track is bad, it’s just not great. Not when held to a Journey-like standard.

 

Foolish Heart – This track portrays what one would expect from a great 80s synth song. A steady drum with beautiful dream synths and heavenly vocals over it. Steve shines in this track and without a doubt this track is a highlight.

 

It’s Only Love – This song’s instrumental is boppy and draws you in whether you like it or not. With it’s use of rock instruments and synthetic steel drums blended with other percussion instruments it’s a great song to dance to.

 

She’s Mine – This track starts off with an expectant of a tell-all soul wrenching synth only track, this is truly broken within seconds once the drums set in. This song is another highlight of the album and arguably the best produced track thus far. Perry’s vocals mesh well with this track and truly shine. 

 

You Should be Happy – This track brings imagery of 80s night visuals and brings thoughts of songs such as Outfield’s “Use Your Love” or Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer” with a twist. This song makes use of a big chorus and overall is just a nice track.

 

Running Alone – Perhaps the most oddly orchestrated, this track shines more instrumentally than vocally, which overall is a shame as it feels as though Steve is hindering himself.

 

Captured By The Moment – Showing some of his deeper vocals, Perry sounds great here. With a balance of contemporary rock and a bit of a more hard rock, this track radiates.

 

Strung Out – Ending the album with perhaps the most rock track on the it, it’s obvious that this is Steve’s most ventured to territory from his efforts with Journey as it’s one of the strongest tracks on the album.

 

While Steve shines with Journey as one of the best 70s and 80s groups, he stops short here, only leaving an impression on several tracks, and while a Steve-fronted-Journey fan may want to check out this album for some extra material, I can’t say I would recommend it to someone who is either looking for a great 80s pop album, or someone starting to get into Steve Perry’s bodies of work. I’d say it’s best to stay with a greatest hits album. This album isn’t necessarily a bad album though, it actually has some highs that are truly fantastic and define great 80s pop, however, overall it’s choked out by mediocre tracks.. And really, it feels as though Steve has wasted his talent as one of the best 80s male vocalists.

HIGHLIGHTS: Oh Sherrie, Foolish Heart, It’s Only Love, She’s Mine, Strung out

SCORE: 75/100

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