When Jeff Scott Soto was released from his dream job as a Journey singer five years ago after only one year, neither AOR fans nor Soto could understand that. Meanwhile, his successor Arnel Pineda has taught us better. Soto, meanwhile also a regular vocalist of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, presents with "Damage Control" his fifth studio solo work, and although he avoids any experiments, it has become his most successful, because most homogeneous work so far. His majestic and powerful voice alone gives the consistently melodic hard rock tracks their class. So a supposed 08/15-AOR piece like "Look Inside Your Heart" becomes a pearl. Unfortunately, his singing skills are not always enough to raise the mostly average song material to such a level. "If I Never Let Her Go" is simply boring, because you already know at the first bar how the song ends four minutes later. At the latest with the ballad "Bona-Fide" all doubts have been cleared up. A song that would have been Journey's own tribute.
Top track: BonaFide