Asia
Asia


4.5
superb

Review

by Alec Martin USER (16 Reviews)
March 7th, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The supergroup Asia at their best, and one of the most underrated albums of all time.

It's kind of hard to overstate just how huge Asia's debut album (Asia) was. It was the best-selling album of 1982, it reached #1 on the Billboard 200, and the hit single 'Heat of the Moment' has earned a cult following. But does the album actually live up to the standards it achieved? Well, in my opinion, it's the best superpower album of all time, but, the opinion is only up to those who listen. It's definitely worth an iTunes buy if you're still debating on whether to ignore it or own it. I tend to go towards the latter camp, but it all depends on the genre.

Now, just to let you know, the lyrics are supposed to be cheesy. Yes, very much so. The album is far from slow, and it doesn't take time to build. If you're a university student who's into Metallica and has every album possible from Anthrax, then... you may not like this. See, the song's about breaking up with girlfriends, singing about relationships, and all that fun stuff that pop artists sing about nowadays... and that's okay! In fact, it helps improve the album quality.

A hell of a lot of critics have destroyed the album, but the vocal range, pop-related melodies and guitar work, drum rhythm, everything, is all too awesome. "Heat of the Moment" was a massive radio hit. I mean, this attacked MTV, VH1, and topped the Billboard for weeks. Listen to this song, and you can't resist another play. It's timeless, basically.

"Only Time Will Tell" is another amazing song. The keyboard intro and drum work on the song are breathtaking, to say the least. The voice is also really mature in this song, as it was on the previous track. "Sole Survivor" amps it up a little, with a great riff similar to arena rock bands like Journey or the awesome Styx, and the prelude / interlude is great.

"One Step Closer" (NOT TO BE MISTAKEN WITH LINKIN PARK), is my least favourite track on the album. The vocalist sounds WAY too loud, and the keyboards' mixing production is also really loud, while everything else
sounds too quiet. Outside the production, it's average at best. "Time Again" has one of the best openings on the album, and features two or three interesting uses of stereo.

"Wildest Dreams" is a touching song on the terrors of war. The quick, rhythmic solo in this song really seems to fit the flow and focus of the entire track. It's one of the most lyrically impressive tracks on the album. "Without You" ups the lyrics, though, with amazingly descriptive songwriting and amazing mastering on the mature, deep voice of the vocalist. The piano and bass is also awesome. Listening to this alone will help you
gain a new found admiration of the band, and the songwriter's talent as a poet.

"Cutting It Fine" is a slow, building song that will actually take time to grow on you, but the drumming at the end is, to say the least, astounding. The progression and mixing of the song, following the awesome bass of it all, is also what makes Cutting It Fine impressive. Lastly, "Here Comes The Feeling" is quite possibly my favorite song in Asia history. The instrumental bridge, the smooth, likable bass focus, the extraordinary keyboards, lyrically nice, and the production, mixing, and editing is top-notch.

Underrated? Yeah. I know I've given it a lot of praise, but whether you like Asia or not, it's all up to you.



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conradtao
Emeritus
March 7th 2011


2090 Comments


Not a bad review, but not great either. A couple of points:

You break your review up into track-by-track descriptions too often. I would recommend focusing on how each track factors into the album as a whole - delve a bit more into analyzing the album and less in simply describing each song.

"I know I've given it a lot of praise, but whether you like Asia or not, it's all up to you."

This ends your review on a decidedly unassertive note. You're stating your opinion, yes, and obviously it's subjective, but your job as a reviewer is to make your case as convincing as possible.

I pos'd, since your sentences are well-constructed and you articulate what points you do make quite well.

wakeupdead
March 7th 2011


2208 Comments


You know how I know you're gay? You like Asia

TF141Soldier
March 7th 2011


125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To Conradtao:

Thanks for the criticism, I'll remember that on my later reviews. But it's true, I don't want to seem like an obsessive fan.

To Wakeupdead:

Great comeback, dude.

Jethro42
March 7th 2011


12547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album represents the very last trace of the then-regretted classic prog. I tip my hat to them for they tried hard to keep progressive rock alive during the worst time of the ruthless Dark Age of the genre. It's a blend of cheesy 'modern' synth laden songs with more than interesting 'modern' synths laden songs. 7.7/10 from me.

scissorlocked
March 7th 2011


3511 Comments


the cover is cool

never bothered to listen to these guys, maybe i'll give it a try

Digging: Distance - Outer Limits

Ire
March 7th 2011


41822 Comments


i have a framed asia poster in my living room

Jethro42
March 7th 2011


12547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jeez I've edited my last comment. English is a bitch sometimes haha.
@Scissorlocked, listen to 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7.

alachlahol
March 7th 2011


7509 Comments


Only Time Will Tell makes me shoot through my shorts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnR-uaahrbI

BigHans
March 8th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only Time Will Tell is probably one of my favorite 100 songs.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011


28789 Comments


asia is ok its just cas pop gayness

people who say asia suck are like people who hate mars voltron

Ire
March 8th 2011


41822 Comments


love mars volbeat

KILL
March 8th 2011


72110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

these guys knew how to rock

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Parallels
June 10th 2011


6643 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Time Again is amazing. Haters hate.

RavenRock
June 10th 2011


688 Comments


I don't like it.

Parallels
June 10th 2011


6643 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I like it.


Fixed it for ya.

RavenRock
June 10th 2011


688 Comments


Speed, have you read Alec Martin's other reviews

WeedKrop
November 20th 2011


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shamefully under rated album. Might not be the greatest thing in Progressive Rock, but it was much better than It's hate suggests

WeepingBanana
June 14th 2012


10206 Comments


lol my friend got me this on vinyl

Ire
October 28th 2012


41822 Comments


suuuuuucks

MrSirLordGentleman
August 17th 2013


4770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

from a band with so talented members you expect a lot more than this

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