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Phoenix [Special Edition]

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Asia 5/6/2016

Review

Like the Phoenix of the title of their 2008 album, Asia has risen from the ashes and made their first studio album with their original lineup in a quarter century. The remarkable thing about Phoenix is that in pure sonic terms, it could have appeared as the sequel to Alpha in 1985 instead of the Steve Howe-less Astra, which is a remarkable achievement in many ways, but what makes the album more interesting is that it is suffused with a sense of mortality. This is no doubt due in part to singer/songwriter/bassist John Wetton's brush with death via open heart surgery in 1997, but his frankness in regards to death gives Phoenix an emotional pull that Asia lacked on their twin blockbusters of 1982's Asia and 1983's Alpha. This makes Phoenix a richer experience, but the nice thing about the album is that it's also easy to appreciate on a simpler musical level, in how the band has a suppleness when they stretch out into multi-part suites while retaining a knack for big, arena pop hooks. All this adds up to a comeback that is surprisingly compelling and surprisingly moving, something that only die-hard fans may have suspected the band still had in them. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Never Again (European Edition) Asia 4:53
  3. 2 Nothing's Forever (European Edition) Asia 5:43
  4. 3 Heroine (European Edition) Asia 4:50
  5. 4 Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise (European Edition) Asia 8:6
  6. 5 Alibis (European Edition) Asia 5:37
  7. 6 I Will Remember You (European Edition) Asia 5:8
  8. 7 Shadow of a Doubt (European Edition) Asia 4:15
  9. 8 Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya (European Edition) Asia 8:9
  10. 9 Wish I'd Known All Along (European Edition) Asia 4:6
  11. 10 Orchard of Mines (European Edition) Asia 5:8
  12. 11 Over and Over (European Edition) Asia 3:30
  13. 12 An Extraordinary Life (European Edition) Asia 4:55
  14. 13 I Will Remember You (Acoustic Remix) (European Edition) Asia 5:9
  15. 14 An Extraordinary Life (Acoustic Remix) (European Edition) Asia 4:12
  16. 1 Never Again (American Edition) Asia 4:52
  17. 2 Nothing's Forever (American Edition) Asia 5:43
  18. 3 Heroine (American Edition) Asia 4:50
  19. 4 Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise (American Edition) Asia 8:7
  20. 5 Alibis (American Edition) Asia 5:36
  21. 6 I Will Remember You (American Edition) Asia 5:8
  22. 7 Shadow of a Doubt (American Edition) Asia 4:15
  23. 8 Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya (American Edition) Asia 8:8
  24. 9 Wish I'd Known All Along (American Edition) Asia 4:5
  25. 10 Orchard of Mines (American Edition) Asia 5:7
  26. 11 Over and Over (American Edition) Asia 3:30
  27. 12 An Extraordinary Life (American Edition) Asia 4:55

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