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Easy Livin
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4 stars Asia go for Gold

Quite a soft album for the Asia brand, well away from the work of the early super-group, and even from more recent albums such as "Aria". "Aura "is though, a fine album with much to recommend it.

The first three tracks are probably the best, kicking off with "Awake". There's an uplifting, spiritual feel to this track, complete with choral vocals. The following 2 tracks, plus several others are written by Graham Gouldman (ex 10CC) and Andrew Gold who record together in their own right as "Wax". "Wherever you are" is a good pop/soft rock song (prog it ain't!). "Ready to go home" is a power ballad, and for me the best track on the album. It has an almost hymnal feel, the lyrics being reflective, but positive. The line which goes "When time has run its course for me and I'm ready to go home" puts a lump in my throat every time. Strange as it may seem to say, this song would be perfect for a prog funeral.

There are other worthy tracks, especially "Free", the longest and most progressive song on the album. The only relatively weak moment is the instrumental title track, which is a basic guitar jazz-rock piece.

The digipak release has 3 bonus tracks not included on the standard version, which are well up to the standard of the rest of the album.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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