Asia — Archiva 1
(Resurgence LV104-CD, 1996, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 1997-02-01
Probably the best question to ask at this point is: What relevance does Asia have within the context of a progressive rock journal? By now the question is largely rhetorical because the answer is "none" and has been so for at least the past ten years. At first I was prepared to engage in some kind of pseudo-scholarly dissertation of the relative merits of Asia's latest offering, the sort regularly found within Exposé's pages. But instead, I have decided that it would only be a waste of precious paper and page space more befitting artists who deserve it. I'm sure that for those who enjoy pop-rock of the most pedestrian and mediocre sort, this 2CD set of unreleased material from '87 through '96 will have great merit. And for Geoff Downes and John Payne, lackluster and tired rock anthems splashed over with the tritest of trite lyrics are certainly something for which they deserve great praise. So if you want to find out why nobody has cared a rats ass for Asia for the past fifteen or so years, check out Archiva. You'll become a believer.
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