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3 stars Although most progressive rock fans may dismiss Asia's debut album as a complete and utter sellout...I still like it!

We, as a prog community, should be proud that this "Supergroup" did so well since most of these tracks are pretty catchy. It basically proves that our favorite artists can create excellent pop tunes if they only felt like it but instead choose to spend most of their time making the music that they are truly passionate about. Of course we don't have any progressive classics here, instead it's the typical AOR-sound of the 80's that dominates this self-titled release.

Considering the background of each of the band's group member this release is even more impressive since, together, they managed to outdo most of the popular bands that dominated AOR-genre at the time! It's true that Asia's popularity had a definite downside for other progressive artists by spawning a few other supergroup bands like GTR, but that's just the way the music industry works.

If anything, Asia's debut album is great fun of a release, but definitely far from essential for progressive rock enthusiasts.

**** star songs: Heat Of The Moment (3:54) Only Time Will Tell (4:48) Sole Survivor (4:51) Time Again (4:48) Wildest Dreams (5:11) Cutting It Fine (5:40) Here Comes The Feeling (5:40)

*** star songs: One Step Closer (4:18) Without You (5:07)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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