Re: John Wetton's solo career
Date: August 15, 2021 02:47AM
I don't love all of Caught In the Crossfire, but kind of like his collaboration album with Phil Manzanera, there are several really, really good songs this album. The title track, in particular. I think his talent was sometimes overlooked because he was more often in prog or neo-prog type bands, but John had outstanding pop sensibility - wrote superb vocal melodies and sang really well.
A criticism around the time of his Asia success was that the songs were a bit slight on the lyrics, and I might agree (but didn't really care - I tend to listen more for the sound, melody, harmony and rhythm - lyrics might be the last thing I notice. A good set can elevate a song for me, but sort of bland lyrics usually don't kill it for me). All that said, I think around the time he really worked on his drinking issues, and I believe got past is (pretty much from Rock of Faith onwards), his songs got a bit deeper, and the lyrics connected better emotionally. If you're looking for IDEAS that might move you, it starts happening there.
I miss him and his music. As a teen, and this came just a bit past Asia's big success, I was kind of a champion for his music, discovering 70s KC and U.K. during those mid/late 80s years. Always followed his output after that.
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