However, its the folks who take an even tempered stance are the ones who seem most practical to me. There are many creative instrumental passages on this record particularly from keyboardist Geoffrey Downes. However many of the songs are just a little too radio friendly with cliche laden lyrics. The overplayed singles-Here Comes That Feeling, Only Time Will Tell, and The Heat Of The Moment are mildly creative in small doses and a bit patience trying with the overplay that they did receive.
Soul Survivor is probably the most captivating of the nine album tracks. I enjoy the lyrics, keyboard passages, and the steady drumming. Wildest Dreams has an interesting style and One Step Closer and Cutting It Fine have some memorable moments.
Therefore the impression of this record is a decent one but not a reverred classic that will stand the test of time. Truthfully I prefer Asia's follow up record, Alpha as the atmosphere stands out even more and the lyrics are less cliche driven. Nonetheless, a 3-3 1/2 star rating seems fair.
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