Picks and Pans Review: Asia

UPDATED 05/03/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/03/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

Asia

Asia, formed in early 1981, includes Steve Howe, lead guitarist for Yes for 10 years; drummer Carl Palmer, a founder of Emerson, Lake and...; Geoff Downes, onetime keyboardist with the Buggies; and bassist-lead vocalist John Wetton, who performed with Roxy Music, Uriah Heep and U.K., among other groups. It probably wouldn't be fair to say that the members of this British quartet are no longer progressive members of the rock community. They have, however, clearly settled down since the 70s. This is still serious rock music, propelled by Palmer's exciting, quirky drumming and Wetton's singing, which is restrained but aggressive enough. Yet on such simmering tunes as Heat of the Moment, Wildest Dreams and Here Comes the Feeling, a little of the rage that filled their youthful pasts is, for better or worse, missing.

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