Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ASIA: "Resonance"

Rating: Live
Label: Frontiers 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

I was really looking forward to Asia's brand new live effort as the pompy U.K. geezers recorded a smashing new album (XXX) in early twenty twelve as their and yours 30th anniversary gift. Imagine the disappointment when I realized that they recorded "Resonance" two years ago in Switzerland during the not as great 'Omega' tour. Bummer. The songs, ranging from classics, "Only Time Will Tell", "Sole Survivor", and "Heat Of The Moment" to newer tunes from the Phoenix and Omega albums, are all well polished live versions and nontheless pretty good on record.

Let's face it, the live setting simply serves to accentuate their leagcy as highly professional musicians. Hardly the bum note or any duff moment, even though if John Wetton's voice may at times sound raspy. Well, not really raspy, but sort of rough around the edges. Steve Howe's guitar may also sound a bit too distant in the mix. It's nitpicking though, especially since we all know how great these musicians are live. Well, you bloody well should, since I believe this to be Asia's live album #2357?

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