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ASIA will always be known for the their self-titled debut release back in 1982 with "Heat of The Moment", that album reaching #1 on the Billboard charts and following that other releases that secured the band as one of the first real super groups. Thirty years later in 2012 with their 15th release ASIA is back with XXX.

The new album, which is being hailed as ASIA's best album since its classic early 80s releases, will be released as a CD and special collector's edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos (including one for first single "Face On The Bridge" and behind the scenes footage). But can the new disc measure up to the great past of the band history?

The opening track "Tomorrow The World" starts off with Downes' highlighting keys and as John Wetton's vocals enter you sure do get that vibe of the great past of ASIA. Hook-filled melodies great vocals and music set fire to the opening track. The band has not lost one step as Steve Howe packs sure-fire power chords and smooth solos. "Tomorrow The World" sure sounds like a hit maker and if that is any indication of the rest of the CD this is going to be something special. "Bury Me In Willow" has that perfect touch that will bring you back to yesteryear, this is an amazing track that touches on platinum status. Wetton is on his game and hasn't lost a step and the ASIA entity is fully intact. You don't get songs like this anymore all you get is a repetitive music scene and ASIA seems out of the box in this age but one listen and you will hear pure class.

The songs are structured with a technique that is unheard of in this day in music but these veteran musicians rise above the norm and shun the typical modern day music scene and stick by their guns of classic rock. "No Religion" is fast-paced in the standards of ASIA but still holds a killer chorus, which is essential to a chartbuster. I love the keyboards by Geoff Downes as it brings me back to the day when Wakeman was king and everyone owned YES's "Fragile".

Song after song is really crafted to perfection as you can sit back and enter the dream world without being hit with hard-edge power chords and rolling drums. These tunes are sensitive and high quality and feature top musicians in the field that write stunning songs with catchy hooks and unbelievable choruses. Carl Palmer is simply amazing, John Wetton is on his game, Steve Howe is powerful and Geoff Downes is unbelievable

"Face On The Bridge" is the first single off "XXX" and once you get a taste of the track you will be in the grasp of ASIA and will want to hear more so don't deny yourself, this is definitely a keeper. "Al Gatto Nero"'s harmonies are just outstanding and the song itself is another top charting tune. "Ghost Of A Chance" is a song that highlights Wetton's vocals. It's a slow melodic song that soars with power. You get the feeling of a full orchestra accompanying Wetton. This is the most amazing song on the disc but I'm sure it will have no chance of radio air-play (at least here in America) so if you have a chance check this one out you will be delighted.

ASIA IS BACK with a stunning new release called XXX so check it out.


Band Lineup:
  • Geoff Downes Keyboards
  • John Wetton Vocals
  • Steve Howe Guitar
  • Carl Palmer - Drums

 

Track Listing:
  1. Tomorrow The World
  2. Bury Me In Willow
  3. No Religion
  4. Faithful
  5. I Know How You Feel
  6. Face On The Bridge
  7. Al Gatto Nero;
  8. Judas
  9. Ghost Of A Chance

 





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