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Arkangel

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Circle Of St. Giles
  2. The Last Thing On My Mind
  3. Deperate Times
  4. I Can't Lie Anymore
  5. Arkangel
  6. You Against The World
  7. Be Careful What You Wish For
  8. Emma
  9. Nothing Happens For Nothing
  10. All Grown Up
  11. After All
  12. The Celtic Cross
  13. Magazines
  14. Woman


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Renaissance
  • ASIN: B00001SIAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Arkangel is a pleasing solo album from John Wetton. It was released in 1999. Of the 14 tracks, the last two--"Magazines" and the live "Woman"--are bonus cuts. Also, the album contains two instrumentals, the album-opening "The Circle of St. Giles," which is attractive and atmospheric, and the nicely crafted, dramatic "The Celtic Cross." The material is in a pop rock musical direction. Overall, I find the songwriting to be solid, the musicianship to be skilled, and the sound quality to be impressive. Wetton's meat-and-potatoes singing is distinctive, smooth, and magnetic. The compositions are organic in quality. The songs that I consider to be favorites are "Desperate Times," "You Against the World," and "Magazines." The pretty-sounding "Desperate Times" displays expressive, industrious vocals from Wetton and nice saxophone playing. "You Against the World" is a warm composition with a captivating guitar melody and remarkable singing from Wetton. The regal "Magazines" has engaging keyboard work and a beautiful, melodious guitar solo. Other pieces that I enjoy are "I Can't Lie Anymore," "Arkangel," "Emma," and "Nothing Happens for Nothing." The jaunty "I Can't Lie Anymore" features a catchy chorus and ambitious vocals from Wetton. The plaintive "Arkangel" exhibits a pleasant guitar solo, while the solemn "Emma" sports charming guitar playing, and the fun, bouncy "Nothing Happens for Nothing" features infectious, layered harmony vocals during the refrain and a harmonica solo. The CD booklet includes the song lyrics and an illustration of Wetton; also, there is an illustration of him on the back of the CD jewel case. The disc is almost 58 minutes. Arkangel is a recommendable piece of work.
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I love John Wetton's voice. It's a style I've loved since I borrowed my uncle's King Crimson records. If you enjoyed Asia (the first incarnation), and you like good solid melodic rock, this is your CD.
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This CD has an interesting vibe to it. I tend to like it's more experimental, less commercial vibe than that of Battle Lines/Voice Mail. Decent keyboards, and there's some tasty guitar work on the record from Billy Liesegang. A couple songs, like "Desperate Times" are uneven and don't sound well suited to John's voice. Actually his voice is all around stronger on his Rock Of Faith release, 6 years later, than on this album. "The Last Thing On My Mind" is a great song, along with "You Against the World" and "I Can't Lie Anymore" ... the latter and some of the songs having a kind of melancholic feel to them. The instrumental "The Celtic Cross" has some nice orchestra sounds, and real nice acoustic guitar in the 2nd half. An overall strong release
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I am a great fan of this maestro, since the earliest year in ASIA when I was very young, this is a fine work from this guy and the perfomance of the tracks is excellent, if you like ASIA on Wetton era you love this album
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By A Customer on July 25, 2000
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Just when you thought he couldn't go any deeper, John Wetton surprises again. This follow-up to his post-ASIA solo debut "Battle Lines" is a darker, painfully personal document of confession and revelation. And the "old guy" hasn't forgotten how to rock, either. Best cuts: Nothing Happens for Nothing (w/guest Steve Hackett), I Can't Lie Anymore, The Last Thing On My Mind. It's a shame more folks aren't aware of the quality music Wetton makes. Arkangel is a rocking winner.
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I am a great fan of this maestro, since the earliest year in ASIA when I was very young, this is a fine work from this guy and the perfomance of the tracks is excellent, if you like ASIA on Wetton era you love this album
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By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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A unique mixture of desperation and serenity that has always been present in his music; the title track and "Emma" are the first ones to get to your head, but then comes the time also for "Desperate Times", "The Last Thing on my Mind" and almost all the others. Also the bonus tracks (Magazines and Woman)leave a mark on the heart although the main part of the record is a kind of whole, it begins and ends with instrumental pieces. Definitely pop, but anyway definitely brilliant.
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