Negotiations with other established guitarists to join Asia had failed, so they had to settle on rookie Mandy Meyer. He begs, "When I'm gone, do this thing for me/No red, no white and blue, no scepter and no cloak/Just bury me in willow, not in oak." 'Alpha' has faced its fair share of backlash, particularly at the time, from critics and listeners alike for lacking the force and energy that was found on 'Asia'.
Share. For example, 'Midnight Sun', 'Open Your Eyes' are calmer in tone and address reflection in their lyrics. Nothing out of the ordinary really. 'Astra' was not exactly created during the most happiest of periods, the cracks had shown and the band were damaging themselves even further by restlessly trying to capture the same glory that 'Heat of the Moment' gave them. This disc reveals one element that could definitely be seen as an improvement over the old days, though: the music has lost much of its slick and almost contrived texture. In keeping with this aesthetic, the album even features Roger Dean cover art reminiscent of his 1982 serpent on the band's self-titled debut. The latter was replaced by drummer Michael Sturgis. Even more surprising was the fact that Aqua -- the album no one had been expecting -- was quite impressive, arguably superior to its three predecessors. Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. 'Silent Nation' becomes more of a singer's album than a rock one; the lead guitarist is not utilised to any degree, former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade just sounds really out of place, stripping Asia of the heart and determination that stood behind their songs. Produced by Mike Stone, Asia's strengths were the powerful vocals of John Wetton, the nimble, classically tinged guitar work of Steve Howe, Geoffrey Downes' majestic keyboard playing, and anchoring the band, Carl Palmer's propulsive drumming. 'Light the Way' and 'I Believe' both sound huge thanks to the '80s production feel wholly appropriate for Asia; in fact, "I Believe" would have fit nicely on either Asia or Alpha.
According to both Billboard and Cashbox, it was the #1 album in the United States for the year 1982. Asia have had time to reflect on what their strong and weak points are, and rather than working on their faults they decide to simply be themselves warts and all. The opening track 'Finger on the Trigger' is another shot at a lead single, along the lines of 'Never Again', or even 'Heat of the Moment', just not as strong as those ones.
The real gem on this album is 'Too Late' which had the potential to be the next hit single from Asia but unfortunately did not happen. I have not seen many Asia reviews on this site, so I have made one for you guys.
Geoff Downes (who continues to write much of the material) keeps the music punchy and professional; gone are the dated synthesizers of the '80s, replaced by cutting-edge keyboards and savvy production.
It contains their biggest hit "Heat of the Moment", which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 0/10By 2013, Asia had been riding off the success of the nostalgia trip their reunion had induced into rock audiences, and the strengths of their three follow-up albums for some time. All rights reserved.Asia shot out of the box rip roaring with hits - but descended quickly into a cloud of dust. Steve Howe decided it was time to retire the band and focus the remainder of his energies into Yes, so he departed, leaving a still committed John Wetton, Carl Palmer, and Geoff Downes without a guitarist. was chosen as the single; it didn't chart (neither did Aqua), but it's as good a track as you'll find here.
"Heaven and Earth" (apparently tested as the second single) is another standout track, shifting from a ballad to an all-out rocker that sounds like Yes' music from the '90s. The top rated tracks by Asia are Heat Of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Don't Cry, Time Again and Sole Survivor.This artist appears in 245 charts and has received 2 comments and 24 ratings from BestEverAlbums.com site members. Let's take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous cover art that Asia has always delivered. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Asia singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. Respect. Pin.
On the contrary, Asia have always displayed a knack for balancing pop radio melodicism with serious and universally relatable lyrics, as on their classic 1982 anthem for middle-age ennui, "Heat of the Moment."
In fact, as on the arena-ready "Judas" and the sparkling "Face on the Bridge," the band let loose with the double-barreled attack of Howe's mile-wide guitar lines and Downes' glass-cutter keyboard hits. 6/10'Alpha', Asia's followup to their monster success of a debut, struck with a resounding thud in 1983. Sometimes the cuts here come off a bit like they are adrift, but they really seem more real and less contrived than a lot of the classic Asia catalog.