Fireworks

CD Reviews

Asia - 'Gravitas' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/00/6c/10/asia-gravitas-87-1397939678.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     April 19, 2014    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
2547   1   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Grown up music for seasoned people.

Carl Palmer said it was "Rockier" with their new young guitarist. He said it was more like Van Halen. Well, this could certainly be Eddie... Eddie Stobart. That's cruel, of course; this has genuine real quality, just not the visceral thrills that the early stuff did.

Asia is a real super-group; John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe produced a classic self titled debut, a musical showcase, at once hard but also beautifully catchy. Howe was gone after the softer follow up 'Alpha' being replaced by Mandy Meyer for the patchy but harder 'Astra'. Asia then went through the Jon Payne years with Downes, producing stuff with variable appeal and ironically producing their best album of that period, 'Silent Nation', just as the original band got back together.

It's to their credit that they have continued to produced new music; this is the fourth album of the original's second coming. The others have been hardening up from the thick sheen which Wetton and Downes' iCon project prefers; the last album 'XXX' sometimes rocked. As whippersnapper Sam Coulson had joined for the departing Howe, hopes were high that he would infect them all with a feckless energy.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


But 'Gravitas' is well named. It has real quality, but it is certainly grown up. The title track has a touch of 'Alpha', big but in no rush, with sumptuous harmonies, an organ simmering nicely and unfolding in a stately manner. 'The Closer I Get' does the same really, very considered but with a disarming simplicity.

Actually Sumptuous is a word that crops up a lot. Some may wallow in that fine musicianship. Some may ask where the fire went, without understanding that these are different, not to say more seasoned, men. But that new blood, Coulson, shows some fine licks here and does follow what Howe did so beautifully; play gentle and well placed notes. 'Nyctophobia' features some enjoyable, bouncy Supertramp synth and even echoes of Parsons with those beautiful syrupy harmonies, while 'Heaven Help Me' shakes at least one leg when Coulson goes for a full solo. His Queeny effort on 'Joe DiMaggio's Glove' (really...) is stupendous.

Three great rockers, one new fella and lots of experience, you can hear it on the album; grown up music for seasoned people. Cruel, maybe, but this has and occasional softness of Smooth radio and a thick, molasses on the microphone feel. Sometimes they jump about a bit, but mainly they stay in the middle lane, enjoying the view. It's an imposing procession, but the view is often excellent.

Steve Swift

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 weeks, 5 days ago
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site