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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • ASIN: B00HZOBD3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

32 years after their wildly popular self-titled debut album's release, the legendary British rock band, ASIA returns with a brand new studio album entitled Gravitas. This album introduces new guitarist Sam Coulson who was recommended to the band by none other than Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big. The new album is being hailed as their best album since its classic early '80s releases

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The band has continued to make creative, powerful, convicting, catchy, melodic and relevant music.
Mr. Thomas J. Gavin
And that's my point here - there are some really good songs on this CD but it is marred by songs like Nyctophobia and Russian Dolls.
D. Morris
Some great guitar work What can you say about: John Wetton, Carl Palmer, & Geoff Downes they are ASIA!!!!!
MC

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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. on March 25, 2014
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Asia has always been a group with talented musicians and songwriters. They have the ability to write and perform catchy songs while still demonstrating their skills as individual musicians. With Gravitas, we are introduced to Sam Coulson who takes over the guitar work from Steve Howe. Sam has his own style--he won't be mistaken for Steve--but that isn't a bad thing. Sam's solos are remarkable and add, rather than detract, from the overall feeling of the songs.

John Wetton's voice is as strong as it has ever been. There is a confidence in it. Carl's drumming and percussion work continue to evolve--which is saying something because he is arguably one of the best drummers in the world. And of course, there is Geoff Downes, who I consider to be the glue of the band. Even in the most bombastic of Asia songs, Geoff infuses subtleties lost in much of today's popular music.

Highlights of this album to me, personally, are "Heaven Help Me Now," "Valkyrie," "Nyctophobia" and "Till We Meet Again." To be fair, there aren't any duds on this work.

As a side note: "I Would Die For You" is a remake of the same song which was released on the Wetton / Downes CD many years ago. While I would have liked this CD to be all fresh material, the remake of "I Would Die For You" was recorded in a way that felt fresh, so it's all good.

If you are an Asia fan, you'll love this CD. If you are fan of good music, you'll love this CD. If you love Gangsta rap, yeah, this CD isn't for you.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Vassallo on March 25, 2014
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With the departure of Steve Howe i feared a let down. This isnt the case. From a lyrical sense Wetton is better than ever and from a voice standpoint he's never sounded better. Palmer's drums are more towards the forefront, more so than on XXX. Downes delivers more of his stellar keyboard work and writing ability. Coulson, while not everywhere on this album, the places he is are stellar. Great solos throughout. If you liked the last 3 you should like this as well. It does lean more towards an ICON feel than the other 3 Asia albums but Wetton and Downes do all the writing. In the future i'd like to see what Sam can come up with as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James S. Craft on June 23, 2014
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I have liked Asia for along time, so I must first admit that I am an Asia junkie. My specific favorite version of Asia is the lineup of John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes. However, this incarnation without Steve Howe does not suffer much from his leaving Asia for Yes. I read that the working title for the album was Valkyrie, which I feel is the best song on the album. Gravitas is a good song as well, but Valkarie starts the album off on a high note, and I have listened to this song more than any other song on the album. The Closer I Get To You is a song I relate to personally, so I will just leave it at that. Nyctophobia is a stong song, with a different style than most Asia songs. To me the weakest song is Russian Dolls, which is OK, but doesn't fit this album as well as the rest of the songs. Heaven Help me Now, and I Would Die For You are a bit dramatic in terms of the sentiment, but are good songs non-the-less. Joe DiMaggio's Glove is another great song that I listen to over and over again. It has an interesting sentiment, comparing the writer's heart to the softness of Joe DiMaggio's Glove. Till We Meet again is another nice sentimental song, which if they did not include the acoustic versions of The Closer I Get To You and Joe Dimaggio's Glove, would have been a little bit of a let down for me as a finale.
If you are a Asia fan, or a fan of great rock songs, this would be a great addition to your album. If you like songs that are digitally enhanced, with digital drums, etc. this is not for you. For me it is great to hear songs that are at times upbeat, and at other times remind one of loves lost and of love found. Perhaps I suffer a bit from nostalgia, but then that is part of who I am.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leatherwood on April 4, 2014
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This title is a direct quote from John Wetton, the vocalist and bassist of Asia, when he described the writing and recording of Gravitas, the band's first album with guitarist Sam Coulson. That worthy individual joined on the recommendation of guitar legend Paul Gilbert, taking the place of Steve Howe, who left the group amicably.

Playing within the framework of the songs, written by Geoffrey Downes and John Wetton, Sam reveals himself to be in the forefront of a new generation of guitar heroes who can play melodic hard rock, as evidenced by the title track and the album's first single, Valkyrie (which almost was the album's title track). Sam has real star attraction with amazing technique and a feel for the music.

Inevitably, the still-potent Wetton and Downes songwriting still yields its share of balladry, but most of these songs are atmospheric and stand out lyrically as well. "The Closer I Get" is a painful breakup song, reminiscent of John Lennon, and like most Asia lyrics, comes straight from the heart. "Joe DiMaggio's Glove" is a tasteful love song with quirky lyrics only John Wetton could pen.

Ballads aside, Gravitas has two surprises that stand out in a really good way. "Nychtophobia" is a catchy and sardonic tune, dealing with fear of the dark. And for those that thought Asia could never play folk rock, "Till We Meet Again" shows the band breaking some new ground and giving fans what could end up being a set-closer along with their smash, "Heat of the Moment."

If Gravitas does not have a big single like their 1982's debut, "Heat of the Moment" or their last album XXX's "Face on the Bridge," this is because the group avoids self-repetition.
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