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3 stars If an album is meant to tell the story about the 1980s AOR and plenty-of-hair rock scene, this album may be the one.

This album is the follow up to the not so great Alpha album. Steve Howe also left Asia and Mandy Mayer is the guitarist here. Mostly guitar solos, that is. There is plenty of them here. And there is plenty of the 1980s sound pastisj too.

For me, it sounds like Asia is dialling like made into the very commercial far-too-much-hair rock scene at that time. Bands like Mr.Big for example. Asia also implements the usual commercially over-the-top saxophone sound here too. That and cheesy like heck melody lines, hooks and verses. The keyboards sounds like it has been stolen from a Swedish showband and that is not a compliment.

Despite of this, the songs are actually good. Yes, they are cheesy. But cheese is a good topping on a pizza. I have caught myself liking several of these songs. But it really sounds like a proto-1980 album and it brings back bad and good memories from my local high school. About a type of fashion and clothes not even the clientelle in my local mental asylum would use.

This is a good album and I also like cheese sometimes. Smile and say C H E E S E

3 stars


toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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