Following the success of their excellent debut, the original lineup (Wetton, Howe, Downes & Palmer) released their second album
ALPHA in 1983. ALPHA has always been something of a disappointment for me. There are way too many ballads and not enough of
the instrumental fireworks that made their debut so compelling. "Don't Go" seemed likable enough as a single at the time, but
seems a bit twee in retrospect, as did the follow-up single "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes". The only song that even comes close
to rekindling the fire is probably "The Heat Goes On". The band seems to have found a formula that they pretty much stick to
for the remainder of the songs, leaving little opportunity for interesting surprises. Almost good, but fairly average overall.