Your man Neal Schon knows his way around a guitar. And throughout ‘Universe’ the Journey founding, solo artisting, virtuosoing, six string strumming legend is gobsmakingly brilliant. ‘Universe’ is a mesmerising 15 track instrumental record capable of completely captivating the listener. Some songs are covers, some are originals. So if all else fails it could facilitate a jolly good game of Name That Tune. Schon takes on the greats – ‘Voodoo Child’, Hey Jude’ and ‘Purple Rain’. And he’s the best man for the job. ‘Universe’s’ songs are strong and played with skill and heart. They have depth, passion and presence. This is a classic album that will be played well into the future.