Album Review: Asia, "XXX"


Thirty years after their classic self-titled debut ascended to the top of the U.S. charts the 'original' line-up of Asia are again 'riding the dragon's wings.' Firmly rooted in pop-rock territory, with infectious hook-lines, XXX re-captures the dynamic energy of that first 'iconic' release. Face On The Bridge with its catchy chorus, the haunting Bury Me In Willow, and the emotive Ghost Of A Chance prove that the Wetton/Downes songwriting partnership is stronger than ever. Tomorrow The World and Al Gatto Nero have those clever lyrical turns that vocalist/bassist John Wetton is renowned for while guitarist Steve Howe makes his mark on Judas and No Religion both featuring neat musical interplay with keysman Geoff Downes and drummer Carl Palmer. Asia have delivered their best recorded work since "82 when the disco hotspots held no charm for you"!


Mark Crampton
Rock iKon
25th June
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2 comments:

  1. i knew it was a great album only 2 songs into it

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