Picks and Pans Review: Alpha
Strange how this group has managed to pass off the progressive rock of the '70s as progressive rock in the '80s. Their debut last year netted a whole new generation of fans, who perhaps don't realize that this is hand-me-down material from bands of yore or that Asia's players were members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, King Crimson and U.K. The songs are essentially simple melodies elaborately arranged with elegant instrumentation by Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitars), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (vocals/bass). Guiding the project was Mike Stone, who fashioned best-sellers for Journey and Queen. The lyrics are persistently limp and myopic: "Is there any reason talking/ 'Bout your crazy point of view?" In this case, no.
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