Asia (2) ‎– Phoenix

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Tracklist

Never Again 4:55
Nothing's Forever 5:46
Heroine 4:53
Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise 8:11
Alibis 5:40
I Will Remember You 5:10
Shadow Of A Doubt 4:18
Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Déyà 8:12
Wish I'd Known All Along 4:06
Orchard Of Mines 5:12
Over And Over 3:34
An Extraordinary Life 4:57

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
50999 212869 26 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album) Frontiers Records, EMI 50999 212869 26 US 2008 Sell This Version
KICP 1300 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album) Nexus (3) KICP 1300 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
50999 212869 26 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album) EMI 50999 212869 26 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
MMMF 2257 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh) Rock Empire Music MMMF 2257 Taiwan 2008 Sell This Version
FR CD 370 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh) Frontiers Records FR CD 370 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
2M022 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh) 2M Producciones 2M022 Argentina 2008 Sell This Version
FR CD 370 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh) Frontiers Records FR CD 370 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
IROND CD 08-DD603 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh) Irond IROND CD 08-DD603 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
FR CD 370L Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh, Ltd) Frontiers Records FR CD 370L Italy 2008 Sell This Version
HEL 0753 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Enh, Sli) Hellion Records HEL 0753 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
DCH - 19131 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Promo) Nexus (3) DCH - 19131 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
FR PR CD 370 Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Frontiers Records FR PR CD 370 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
none Asia (2) Phoenix(CDr, Album, Promo) EMI none US 2008 Sell This Version
ASIA-001-CD Asia (2) Phoenix(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE) Asia Music Limited ASIA-001-CD Europe 2016 Sell This Version

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justinsgaines

justinsgaines

January 15, 2020
referencing Phoenix, CD, Album, 50999 212869 26

Finally we have the much anticipated reunion album by the original Asia lineup - 2008's Phoenix. Much anticipated, that is, by just about everyone other than those of us who have actually followed the band over the past 15 years and enjoyed the albums the classic lineup is trying so desperately to sweep under the rug. Yeah, I'm one of the John Payne Asia fans. Still, I loved the early Asia albums and enjoyed the later Wetton/Downes collaborations as well, so I had high hopes for Phoenix.

Unfortunately, and despite the caliber of musicians involved, Phoenix is just not that impressive. It gets off to a great start with the rocking "Never Again", but soon settles on a sleepy mid-tempo pace for much of the album. The exceptions are the upbeat (and completely 1982) "Alibis", album closer "Extraordinary Life" and the proggy, 8-minute suites "Sleeping Giant/No Way Back/Reprise" and "Parallel Worlds/Vortex/Deya". The rest falls into filler territory.

It really is great to hear John Wetton's voice and Steve Howe's guitar at the same time (not to mention Downes and Palmer!), but at times it feels like their hearts really aren't in this reunion and they're just phoning it in to cash the reunion paycheck. The Wetton/Downes Icon albums are more satisfying than Phoenix is, and they have better songwriting too.

If you're any kind of Asia fan, you pretty much have to pick up Phoenix. Just don't expect another Asia or even Alpha (Astra maybe). Actually, I'd challenge Asia fans to listen to Phoenix as well as 2004's Silent Nation and tell me honestly which is the better album.