Best John Wetton-less Asia CD
Posted by: koogles ()
Date: April 25, 2001 10:42PM

Hi Brian!

I think "Aqua" (1992) is a good start if you want to approach the John Payne era. It contains a lot of the old bombast ("Lay Down Your Arms") ... while introducing the elements that would become a trademark of the new Asia ("Love Under Fire"). "Aria" (1994) is more of the same but "Arena" (1996) might be a bit deflated if you're expecting the grandeur and big, obvious hooks of old. The softness is never more apparent than on "Aura" (2001). The "Heat of the Moment" guitar crunch and the overblown, ululating synth bursts ("Only Time Will Tell", "Days Like These") are LONG GONE and in their place are flowing waves of textured synth, truly enlightened lyrics and some magnificent choruses that inch up on you with each subsequent listen.

Cool CD, that Treat "Dreamhunter", BTW.

koogs

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SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 94 koogles 04/25/2001 06:07AM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 72 Richard 04/25/2001 06:14AM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 74 Jonte 04/25/2001 06:26AM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 72 Peter M. Bietenholz 04/25/2001 07:03AM
Hmmmm.... 76Surfpunk04/25/2001 07:12AM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 71 koogles 04/25/2001 07:52AM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 66Peter M. Bietenholz04/25/2001 04:42PM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 71mark kennedy04/25/2001 05:40PM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% (Whoops!!! 68mark kennedy04/25/2001 05:48PM
Thanks Mark! 66 Andrew 04/25/2001 07:02PM
Re: Thanks Mark! 73mark kennedy04/25/2001 10:57PM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 74 adolfo 04/25/2001 08:25AM
It kinds bugs me... 71 Andrew 04/25/2001 01:41PM
This is only the second time... 78 koogles 04/25/2001 02:44PM
That's OK! 73 Andrew 04/25/2001 03:01PM
Re: Asia AURA: better than Andrew's 62% 69 Brian 04/25/2001 07:35PM
Best John Wetton-less Asia CD71 koogles 04/25/2001 10:42PM
Re: Best John Wetton-less Asia CD 68Peter M. Bietenholz04/26/2001 12:30AM
Re: Best John Wetton-less Asia CD 63Dave04/26/2001 04:18AM
new Asia is AWFULA 76 The Other Joe 04/25/2001 10:56PM
Asia is not that h-aura-ble! 93 koogles 04/25/2001 11:17PM
New Asia remains awful. 66 The Other Joe 04/26/2001 03:22AM
Hey Joe... 69Surfpunk04/26/2001 04:02AM
Your Bret Michaels comparison remains awful 74 koogles 04/26/2001 08:39AM
Re: better than Andrew's 62% ? No 72 ddregs 04/26/2001 06:16PM
The key to appreciating Aura... 81 koogles 04/27/2001 12:03AM
The key to appreciating Aura... 61mark kennedy04/27/2001 05:08PM


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