Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Asia - XXX

Asia - XXX (2012) Frontiers Records
Produced by Mike Paxman
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
Tracks : 1.Tomorrow the world 2.Bury me in the 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
http://www.originalasia.com/
4 out of 5

The brand new album "XXX" from super group Asia marks the 30th anniversary for this band since the release of their successful debut in 1982 that featured the hit "Heat of the moment". Although there has been several releases from Asia, the new album "XXX" is only the 5th studio album with the classic line up of John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes and Steve Howe.
John Payne who replaced John Wetton in 1991 owns a significant portion of the rights to the name Asia and continues as Asia featuring John Payne, a new album called "Americana" is in the works.
Since Wetton and Downes collaborated as Icon in 2005 and released a few albums, it was also the spark that set the fire for the reunion of the classic line up Asia and the comeback album "Phoenix" in 2008 and the follow up "Omega" in 2010.
The new album "XXX" is more upbeat than the previous albums and can be compared to the first two albums, "Asia" and "Alpha" with lots of hookladen AOR-ish progrock songs. How can any Asia fan resist songs like "Face on the bridge", "Bury me in the willow" or "Ghost of a chance"? I can´t!

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