Journey is back! Their new album Freedom will be out this summer (July 8) and one of the new tunes, “You Got the Best of Me”, is pure hot summer fun. Built for the car, so hit the highway with the windows down.
It’s unclear who played on everything as yet. Narada Michael Walden played some drums, as did Deen Castronovo. There are two keyboard players in Journey now (Jason Derlatka and Jonathan Cain), and though Randy Jackson played bass on the album, he’s no longer in the band. We know that Neal Schon sounds Halen-wailin’ on that stuttery main riff. Arnel Pineda is strong as ever, the longest-lasting Journey singer ever, now surpassing Steve Perry himself in tenure.
“You Got the Best of Me” isn’t overly heavy, but is the kind of hard rocker that the band is known for. The keyboard accents soften it up a bit, and you can clearly hear two keyboard parts simultaneously. The star of the song is really Arnel Pineda, who delivers the endless hooks.