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|1. Don't Cry|
|2. Smile Has Left Your Eyes|
|3. Never in a Million Years|
|4. My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want)|
|5. Heat Goes On|
|6. Eye to Eye|
|7. Last to Know|
|8. True Colors|
|9. Midnight Sun|
|10. Open Your Eyes|
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One of the raps on early Asia was that they sounded too commercial, too much like other early/mid 80's bands. I've always found this incredible; I've never heard any other band that sounded like Asia. They bridge the gap from progressive to pop in a unique way, with rich instrumentation and accessible lyrics, intricate vocal harmonies and amazing, soaring music. This album, in particular, seems to perfectly balance the keyboard sorcery of Geoff Downes and the penetrating riffs from Steve Howe. Howe morphs from subtle, complex supporting lines to jaw-dropping "how can a guitar do that?" scalar ballet. Combined with John Wetton's clear vocals and Carl Palmer's precise drumming, the resulting combination produces panoramic-sounding songs that reach near perfection, to this listener's ears.
No weak songs here. I always felt like "Eye to Eye" was my least favorite, but the older I get, the more I appreciate it. Every song has something different to offer: "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" is Wetton's vocal tour de force; "The Heat Goes On" showcases Palmer's versatile work with the sticks; "Midnight Sun" features incredible fingerwork from Howe (and a symphonic overlay); "Don't Cry", in addition to being the most pop-sounding track, is rich with Downes' layered keyboards; and "Open Your Eyes" brings it all together for a finale that leaves you gasping for more.Read more ›
While the opening track (Don't Cry) is an upbeat pop-song the album becomes angrier and sadder with each song except for Midnight Sun.
What's even sadder is the fact that just a few months after ALPHA was released, singer/ bassist John Wetton was fired from the group by manager Brian Lane. Apparently, guitarist Steve Howe (like Lane, a YES-man) resented the fact that while Asia was at first considered Howe's band, it was John Wetton who was the star of the show: Wetton, not Howe was invited to host on MTV, radio interviews, etc. Even when Wetton returned in 1984 (and repaid Howe by sacking him), the magic was gone. A textbook example of "Jumping the shark".
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after reading recent reviews of this album, i am appalled at the cut downs and put downs. this album was one of the first i had ever bought when i was young and just starting my... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2004
Annoying. Unbearable. That's the only words that come into my mind when thinking about the second album from ASIA. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Gergellor
"Forgotten masterpiece"??!! Are you kidding? I wish all "forgotten masterpieces" cost only US$ 6,98 like this album!
This album is a disaster. Read more
Asia's 2nd cd, is nearly as good as the 1st. Were the debut cd, every song was great, here on this one, there are a couple that are below average, NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS &... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Eric J. Weik
Although I'm a big fan of most of the band members, this was a particularly disappointing album. I give it three stars because there is definitely some very nice material in... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by RM
With this second album Asia super band made up of progressive masters take the shape of its own. It is less glossy previous progressive form but more into melodic rock, which has... Read morePublished on July 4 2003 by susumu-5