“Generations was Journey’s second full studio album with lead singer Steve Augeri and drummer Deen Castronovo. This is the same line-up as the last two releases, 2001’s Arrival and 2002’s Red 13 EP” (JourneyMusic.com). “As Journey albums go, this isn’t anywhere near the genius that the dream team of Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, [and former lead singer Steve] Perry brought forth in their heyday, but it certainly isn’t their worst work either” (Theakston), although from a chart standpoint, only the 1980 mostly-instrumental soundtrack Dream after Dream fared worst; it didn’t even chart. Of course, “the album was given away for free by the band during most of the concerts of the Generations tour in 2005, and subsequently released on Sanctuary Records later the same year” (JourneyMusic.com).
Steve Augeri is “finally coming into his own on the new material” (Theakston); he “has finally grown beyond being a soundalike for Perry and adds his own distinct flourishes to his delivery” (Theakston). Still, “there are moments you could swear the band is just playing one large practical joke and it really is Perry in the vocal booth” (Theakston).
“This time around, Augeri isn’t the only one doing vocal duty; it’s a whole band thing. Each member takes a turn singing a song, and the results are painfully mixed” (Theakston). “Jonathan Cain sings lead on Every Generation, the first time he sang lead since ‘All That Really Matters’ (a song originally left off Frontiers) from the Time 3 box set” (JourneyMusic.com). “Drummer Dean Castronovo is another convincing Perry soundalike” (Theakston) on A Better Life and Never Too Late. However, “Schon and bassist Ross Valory come up short” (Theakston) on In Self Defense and Gone Crazy, respectively. “Of course, singing isn’t Schon’s forte, as his signature blistering solos return and will testify to on many of these songs (including a nod in one solo to his memorable ending guitar solo on ‘Who’s Crying Now’)” (Theakston).