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3.80 | 57 ratings | 3 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Deadline of a Lifetime (7:56)
2. In the Mist (3:31)
3. Crossing in Between (3:40)
4. Oriental Game (9:26)
5. The Twister (7:38)
6. Melancholia's Kingdom (4:44)
7. Urban Silk (5:25)
8. Radio Hatirasi (6:09)

Total Time 48:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Setrak Bakirel / vocals, guitar
- Eril Tekeli / flute, guitar
- Evelyne Kandel / bass
- Micha Rousseau / keyboards
- Julien Tekeyan / drums

Releases information

Label: Marquee (Japan), AMS (Europe)
Format: Vinyl, CD
December 20, 2020 (Japan), January 29, 2021 (Europe)

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ASIA MINOR Points of Libration ratings distribution

(57 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by kenethlevine
4 stars By the late 1970s and early 1980s, even prog groups that had attained some level of success - ie made a living from their releases and live performances - were leaving the industry, dispatched in a fit of expletives by the arena rock, punk and new wave movements while reflexive critics hailed the long overdue demise of the genre. Well, history has been lenient in the intervening decades and many of those artists have reformed for at least an album or two if not a more extended run. Even more miraculous is the return of groups who, by combination of poor timing and lack of promotion, never even managed cult status at the time. Such is the case with ASIA MINOR, a France based Turkish act, who issued two albums around the turn of the 1980s, and sadly had to leave this dream behind in favor of a proper career.

Their 1981 production, "Between Flesh and Divine", has gained well deserved minor classic status with its artful blend of CAMEL, JADE WARRIOR, KING CRIMSON and middle eastern influences, and probably sold far more as a CD reissue than it ever did in its initial run. Still, after nearly 40 years of recorded silence, reformation in 2014 notwithstanding, only the most optimistic could have even uttered hope of anything new, but love of music is still love, and this devotion has gifted us "Points of Libration" in 2021. Setrak Bakirel and Eril Tekeli are back, with their distinctive voices, guitars and flute still defining the ASIA MINOR sound and yet updating it in meaningful ways. This is apparent from the opening segment of the thoughtful "Deadline of a Lifetime" with its heavenly fretless bass and only gathers pace from there.

Incorporating aspects of both of their prior productions, "Points of Libration" is shaded towards ASIA MINOR's mellower side, conveying a dreamy ambiance to many of the pieces, directed by melodic lead guitar and flute soloing but filled out with keys including mellotron strings, at their best on the self referential "Crossing in Between". Tunes like "Urban Silk" and "Oriental Game" are bathed in a jazzy arrangement, while others like "Twister" and "Melancholia's Kingdom" manage to generate a suave swing which drives the diversity, fully compensating for the complete lack of hard rock interludes. The vocals may not be in perfectly accented English or supporting a wide technical range but they do consummate the arrangements and vice versa. The final number is the breathlessly accomplished "Radio Hatirasi", which is the only one sung in Turkish and accentuates the group's roots musically as well.

I cannot over emphasize how impossibly good this sounds, as triumphant a reunion as can be hoped for let alone imagined, and proof of the irrepressible spirit of prog. Take that, critics.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Information from the band. "Asia Minor is a Franco-Turkish progressive rock band led by two Turkish musicians who settled in Paris as students back in the '70s: Setrak Bakirel (vocals and guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute and guitar). Their early music revealed influences such as King Crimson's In ... (read more)

Report this review (#2547386) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars How did I miss this? A new Asia Minor album? Finally, more "moon madness"! And only one review so far? That's crazy! Asia Minor has long been shrouded in mystery to me. They released two excellent albums in 1979 and 1981 (including the great Between Flesh and Divine, in my opinion the best prog albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#2537302) | Posted by jude111 | Thursday, April 22, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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