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5 stars The heat goes on

"Alpha" is the second album by the "supergroup", and once again comprises entirely of shorter, more commercially orientated songs than those of the members' previous groups. The album is very much a follow on from the band's debut album, but benefits from the famous four knowing each other that bit better, and thus working more cohesively together.

John Wetton's "The smile has left your eyes" is easily the best track, The song is essentially a power ballad, which would not sound out of place on a Boston album. it's interesting that as a mark of respect, the band will not perform it in his absence, but Wetton regularly includes it in his live set.

There are many other highlights throughout the album. "The heat goes on" and "Don't cry" were excellent and highly commercial singles, but virtually any of the tracks could have been selected for single release.

"Open your eyes" closes the album in a slightly more progressive manner. It opens with a segment of "Mars" from the planets suite by Holst before bursting into a supremely powerful and melodic number. The track has a great final section, which builds to the instrumental finale.

As has been said many times before, Asia do not make prog as we know it, despite the pedigree of the members. This is first class stuff nonetheless.

Easy Livin | 5/5 |


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