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3 stars The second recording with the classic lineup (third one will be in 2008 !) before Steve Howe's departure, and also ASIA's last enjoyable album. Alpha is in the vein of its predecessor. But... The first album was quite regular, this one is inegal. It features more commercial poppy songs, without the strength of the melodies of the former album, and catchy tracks with some prog elements, more present this time.

The beginning of Alpha is quite soppy and can announce the worst. Fortunately, powerful songs follows (Never In A Million Years, The Heat Goes On, True Colors...). Some contains even more progressive touch and spacey moments (Eye To Eye, Midnight Sun, Open Your Eyes) than in the first album. The disc ends on an epic fantasy ambiance driven by keyboards and guitar. Yet, the overall disc is irregular.

With Alpha, ASIA follows the pop-prog path carved in their first album, but going a little more cheesy. The year after, Steve Howe will leave the band. Further albums won't be able to match the quality of the first two and ASIA's career won't be the same. Anyway, Alpha should please those who enjoyed the first opus.

Modrigue | 3/5 |


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