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Aura Import, Limited Edition

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Editorial Reviews

The Venerable Band Still Lives On. Original Member and Former Buggle Geoff Downes is Joined by Longtime Vocalist John Payne, with Chris Slade (The Firm, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Gary Numan) on Drums. Steve Howe Stops by for a Cameo Appearance, as Well as Toto's Steve Lukather and Eliot Randall. Cover Art, Per Usual, by Roger Dean Studios.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Awake
  2. Wherever You Are
  3. Ready To Go Home
  4. The Last Time
  5. Forgive Me
  6. Kings Of The Day
  7. On The Coldest Day In Hell
  8. Free
  9. Youre The Stranger
  10. The Longest Night
  11. Aura
  12. Under The Gun (Bonus Track)
  13. Come Make My Day (Bonus Track)
  14. Hands Of Time (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2003)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal/Absolute
  • ASIN: B0000594XQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tigran Haas on February 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Amongst the floods of mass-produced music of mediocre or very low quality the genre of AOR/Sympho/Art/Melodic/Progressive (or whatever you want to call it) Rock became almost drowned by it. Fortunately brilliant attempts by new artists and bands like The Storm, Two Fires, Transatlantic, 101 South, Alliance, Arena, Ten, etc., and solo acts like Kip Winger, Bob Catley, Hugo and others saved the day. Giants like Journey, Yes, Saga and others made and are making new stuff and survive rather well in the process. Asia was then but it also became 'now'. And 'now' happened with the appearance of the 4th studio album in the new Asia era - the brilliant and sophisticated product called "AURA". The long awaited album proved that the phrase "Worth waiting for..." is definitely true. "Aura" is a magnificent and highly progressive attempt by the Supergroup Giants of the 80's - Asia! This is a new Asia. One shouldn't expect a powerful and striking entré and momentous thread throughout, as the first 3 albums of the old Asia had. It is not so much about dynamics, power, anthemic velocity and over perfection. It is much more about subtle sensory stimulation (as the name of album indicates - AURA), melancholy, mellowness, warmness, appeal and thematic soundness. There is a theme, a place, a moment in time, a special feeling, a story to be told, very intimate and personal music to be listened to. Aura requires your full attention. It is not a simple album and that is what it gives its greatest quality.Read more ›
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As an ASIA fan since the beginning, I had become increasingly unimpressed with the Payne/Downes releases after AQUA. I bought this album more out of obligation but expected the same occasional hooks from ARIA and ARENA. Boy, was I glad to be wrong! AURA - 14 songs long - is full of excellent songs, more hook than usual, excellent keyboards and guitar work. Probably their strongest studio album since AQUA (which is even more amazing when OBSESSION is included), with their trademark blend of ballads and uptempt songs on love and war. This album just SOUNDS better, more tightly constructed. AWAKE kicks off the album with inspiring lyrics (albeit a simple, but catchy, keyboard riff). Standouts include WHEREVER YOU ARE (reminds me of the message of 1981's ONE STEP CLOSER a bit), KINGS OF THE DAY (you might even THINK it's John Wetton!), FREE (a nearly-9-minute concert staple that really does ROCK), READY TO GO HOME (a mellow and spiritual ballad with excellent moody guitars) and UNDER THE GUN (on the "extra tracks"... why are they extra if every CD has them) with keyboard sounds that harken back to ALPHA. There is the standard album-ending instrumental, AURA, that is not as good as, say, AQUA II or BELLA NOVA, but sums up the mood well. I was very impressed with this album and it grows on you immensely each time you listen to it again. This makes me hope that there will be a 5th studio release from Downes & Payne. No, it's not as good as the first two Wetton albums - nothing ever will be - but well worth the purchase!
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Aura--Asia's seventh full-length album--was released in 2001. Clocking in at almost eighty minutes, it is comprised of 14 tracks--the last three are extra tracks ("Under the Gun," "Come Make My Day," "Hands of Time"). There is also an instrumental, the energetic "Aura." Altogether, I find the songwriting to be solid, the musicianship to be skilled, and the sound quality to be gratifying. Geoff Downes, my favorite keyboardist, performs with proficiency throughout. In comparison with the guitar playing, Downes' keyboard work takes a more primary role. John Payne does an efficient job with the vocals. It is obvious that a lot of work was put into the making of Aura; the material is refined, stately, and layered. It is not easy to categorize this album into a specific musical direction. I would have to say that it is a combination of pop rock, adult contemporary, and New Age. Even though I think that all of the tracks are worthy, the two that I consider to be favorites are "Awake" and "Ready to Go Home." The majestic confection "Awake" presents ambient, serene keyboard atmospherics from Downes and also a flowing, pretty keyboard solo from him. "Ready to Go Home" is a touching, special song that displays impressive, determined singing from Payne and a pleasing, emotional refrain. Examples of other compositions that I enjoy are "Wherever You Are," "Kings of the Day," "Free," and "Under the Gun." "Wherever You Are" sports a nice intro keyboard melody from Downes, a well-crafted, noteworthy guitar solo, and a pleasant refrain. "Kings of the Day" features attractive keyboard playing from Downes and an engaging refrain.Read more ›
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