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1 stars This album is poor.

It is poor not because it is power-pop. There are some excellent power-pop tunes around. It is poor not because it's such a disappointment: a prog super-group seemingly trying to cash in. No, it is poor because the compositions are poor.

'Heat of the Moment' is the world's introduction to ASIA, and it signals what this group is about. An ordinary composition dressed up with every musical trick in the book to make it sound like a power-pop standard. Unfortunately for ASIA, songs become hits because of compositional merits. (Or, at least, they did in this era, though nowadays it is increasingly uncertain.) I don't care what genre an album is from, I'll enjoy it if the compositions have merit. These do not.

To my mind there is only one group of people who ought to buy this album: those for whom the 'hits' are part of their growing-up years. In other words, nostalgia for those born around 1970. The rest of us really need not bother.

russellk | 1/5 |


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