Ratings and Reviews
It's 2012 and John Payne is in fine form
It's a bit of a wait but the first new music from ASIA Featuring John Payne does not disappoint. Erik Norlander's analog keyboards blend with the dual guitars and Jay Schellen's tasteful drums deliver power and punch as needed. And John's vocals are tremendous with soaring lines and huge backing vocals. If you like any of John Payne's work with ASIA - Aqua, Aria, Arena, Aura or Silent Nation or his GPS project, then you will enjoy this track.
Fans have waited for new music from John Payne's Asia for some time, and it looks like we are finally being rewarded for our patience. Though I have nothing but respect for the original musicians who comprised the Asia lineup, I have to say that it was John Payne's tenure in the band that really sparked my enthusiasm for them. He added a very welcome harder rock edge to their signature sound. The melodic hooks, the virtuoso playing, the panoramic arrangements, the polished production--they are all very much on display here, perhaps even to a higher degree than before. If the rest of the "Americana" album lives up to this standard, it will be great!
I have listened to this song countless times since downloading it yesterday. If you are a John Payne voiced Asia fan, you must download it now. You will not be diappointed. This is a great song and I can't wait for further releases from AFJP.