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8 days ago
alaskaman
Spectacular movie, I must say. I was expecting "good" and happily got "great." A little bit of Bourne Identity in there, but I love those movies too. It does seem a little overkill with some big new superhero blockbuster released every few months, but with the quality this high, I'll gladly ride it out.
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8 days ago
alaskaman
Ramsay, once I saw "LINK" I knew exactly what the video would be... :)
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20 days ago
alaskaman
Vic, classy post! Keep rockin..
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21 days ago
alaskaman
The music is catchy, but can't get past the cringe factor of the lyrics.
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24 days ago
alaskaman
Terry, the last one XXX is a very respectable effort, certainly the best release of their post-reunion releases with some good songwriting and hitting 3rd gear at least a few times. That said, certainly nowhere near their early stuff...
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24 days ago
alaskaman
7. Auras?
This is a CD ("New Generations") that I still listen to regularly and enjoy a lot. Obviously a Journey/Hugo type of sound, but a step above anything either of those groups have done recently, IMHO! Anyone know some background or whether they are still active?
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24 days ago
alaskaman
I was afraid of this. There are a few full songs up on youtube now and while it's well-produced and actually not bad song-writing to my ears, there is no energy, no creative spark, no link (as you say) to their early glory years. I wonder if musicians like John Wetton and Tom Scholz can no longer recognize how lifeless and parodying their current material has become. From reading interview
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30 days ago
alaskaman
I did just a quick search on youtube for her and along with her first release, there was also this ballad which to me sounds vastly superior to the other two tracks I've heard. Is it the same person? Hard to believe Mutt Lange could tone down the production and sound that much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIqbIExedHY
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30 days ago
alaskaman
Ugh, hard to listen to that.. chorus sounds like a bad cross between "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and Joan Jett's "I Love Rock n Roll." I share most of the opinions listed above: CRAP!!
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5 weeks ago
alaskaman
Sorry to generalize, but musicians can be a sensitive, temperamental lot. That is their genius (which leads to some amazing creative output), but also their downfall--they just cannot handle it when their ego is not constantly stroked. That said, I have no idea what happened behind the scenes with Andrew and Tommy and second Ramsay's sentiment that I always enjoyed TD's presence and comment
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5 weeks ago
alaskaman
Or perhaps this:
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6 weeks ago
alaskaman
Good stuff Matt! No criticism from me!
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7 weeks ago
alaskaman
Andrew, just want to say thanks for these little teaser previews of upcoming albums. I love hearing little details of what's coming around the bend. Hope this becomes a regular feature (in all your spare time!).
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7 weeks ago
alaskaman
I agree with MetroGnome--far more egregious than "cheesy" lyrics are lazy lyrics. Anytime I hear "fire," "higher," and "desire" rhymed together, I check out just a little..
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7 weeks ago
alaskaman
Every Payne-era Asia album has had its moments, but I would give best song honors to "Who Will Stop the Rain"--cool vibe, even if it sounds nothing like original Asia.
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7 weeks ago
alaskaman
Illimey, that song is pretty representative of Asia's recent output. I would recommend XXX first, then Omega, then Phoenix. They never were hard rockers, but their 80's stuff packed a harder punch. Nowadays, they seem more focused on lush, melodic, mid-paced material. Their XXX release from 2012 had the most variety in songs and pace. The 90's and early 2000's version of Asia had a dif
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7 weeks ago
alaskaman
The chorus is actually stuck in my head now. Despite the medium-pace, they do have a knack for good melodies. I hope new guitarist gets an opportunity to show his chops a little bit. His solo is the highlight of the song for me.
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7 weeks ago
alaskaman
The song at least reaches 2nd gear, but if this is the lead-off single, I'm worried about the rest of the album. Also, check out 2:50 to 3:15 during the bridge "climax": the song is reaching its apex and Wetton's mouth is barely moving. Come on, dude--wake up! http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/02/24/asia-valkyrie-video-premiere/5688023/
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2 months ago
alaskaman
I think they've just mellowed out with age, though I think Carl Palmer wouldn't mind rocking it a little (or a LOT) more. I would suspect Wetton is the main culprit. Almost everything he's been associated with the past ten years have been snooze-fests (with a few exceptions on XXX and Omega). Bummed to hear that the new one doesn't break the mold :(
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2 months ago
alaskaman
I guess it depends on which Howe-era you're talking about. He has looked more cadaver than rock guitarist the past decade, but anyone who came up with those first chords of "Heat of the Moment" can be forgiven for a lot.
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2 months ago
alaskaman
Just noticed this is due out in early March. Has anyone heard any samples from this album? I'm curious if the new guitarist will change or toughen up their sound a little..
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2 months ago
alaskaman
III Sides to Every Story is a classic to my ears.
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3 months ago
alaskaman
It's Pull, then debut, then Karma for me. Looking forward to the new release!
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3 months ago
alaskaman
Rockingbear, phenomenal review!
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3 months ago
alaskaman
Has there ever been a biography written about Toto, whether authorized or unauthorized? One of my favorite bands, but I realize there are a lot of periods and stories behind the songs I know little or nothing about. One example: I was just reading some of the story behind "Africa" and what Jeff Porcaro did to give it the drum sound it has. Great stuff! Made me want to know more
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3 months ago
alaskaman
Terry, you may be onto something there. WUD hit the spot for me, especially since many people had given the band up for dead after the plodding Power and the Myth fiasco. WUD just jumped out of the speakers and was an awesome return to form. Songs like "Million Miles" and "SOS" rank way up there for me. Since there, it has for me been a blur of similar-sounding albums
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4 months ago
alaskaman
Yeah, "happy couple" could describe a lot of duos these days I suppose!
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4 months ago
alaskaman
Sorry to turn this into a gossip-fest, but this article made me throw up a little in my mouth this morning: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/12/17/michaele-salahi-and-neal-schons-outrageous-wedding-registry/?intcmp=features
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4 months ago
alaskaman
Cheers Jodes! Great story and very heartfelt.
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