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4 stars The first and best from ASIA !

Although featuring such a prestigious lineup coming from legend prog rock pionneer bands (YES, ELP and KING CRIMSON) and a superb fantasy cover art and logo by Roger Dean, ASIA's music do not contain long and complex tracks, nor 70's rock feel and experimentation. Either does it sound like YES or ELP, and even less KC. So ? What has the blue dragon to offer ?

Asia consists in nine short but very efficient synth-rock pop-prog songs, surprisingly catchy with great melodies ! You can sing along and they keep going in your head. There are even genuine hits in it (Heat of the Moment, Sole Survivor, Only Time Will tell...) ! But wait, you said it was pop-prog, what does it mean ? Where is the progressive part ? As we said, this is not truely progressive, but the album has some prog elements and feel in it. Besides the melody, guitar and keyboards sometimes distill enjoyable fantasy atmospheres and pre-neo-progressive elements. The record is not exempt from some weak cheesy moments and dripping passages, but fortunately listens very well.

In conclusion, Asia, 70's strength injected to 80's sound, mini fantasy prog marrying with pop-rock melodies, should please STYX and TOTO fans and other people who wants to try something else in their prog journey (and that are not afraid of the 80's...). Far from being an hardcore symphonic or neo-prog aficionado, I really enjoyed it !

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