4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good, solid Asia album.,
This review is from: Gravitas (Audio CD)
“Gravitas” is the fourteenth studio album by Asia, the legendary British melodic progressive rockers. Produced and written by founding band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes, the record also introduces their new guitarist, Sam Coulson, and is the follow-up to their “XXX” album from 2012.
My favorites on this album are the opening track “Valkyrie,” a real stand-out with its great harmony vocals, the power ballad “The Closer I Get To You,” which reminded me a bit of a song by Boston I can’t recall the name off, and the rockers “Heaven Help Me Now” and “I Would Die For You.” Another stand-out is the ballad “Joe DiMaggio’s Glove,” which seemed to show some influences from Supertramp.
While this is a good, solid Asia album and a welcome addition to my Asia collection, it seemed to lack a certain, well, gravitas. I’ve been listening to this album for the past couple of days to let them really sink in, as I didn’t want to write a review in the heat of the moment, but the only songs that really stood out to me after repeated listening’s were “Valkyrie” and “Joe DiMaggio’s Glove.”
So to sum it up, I still enjoyed this album. All the other songs were good… but not great. And last but not least, there’s the fact that there are only 9 tracks on the regular CD. This is a bit flimsy, so for the above mentioned reasons I have given this album four stars: I like it, but don’t love it.