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John Wetton - John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes: Icon II - Rubicon CD (album) cover


John Wetton


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5 stars After the relatively disappointing Icon last year, Mr. Wetton & Downes come back with a follow-up, Icon II- Rubicon.

Believe me, this new album is far better than the first Icon. At time this album sounds a lot like the first Asia album, who is a reference in intelligent pop-rock. The arrangements are stronger and the music is more dynamic. But the real quality of this album is Wetton's voice: the guy is like a good wine bottle, he is better with age! In fact, his voice never sounded so good and powerful.

The album has 10 songs. The first one, The Die is Cast, is a typical Wetton opening song: a very energic song who is very close to Asia. The second one, Finger on the Trigger, is more poppish but very good and dynamic. Reflections (of my Life) is a nice emotionnal song about the death and the last moments of life. Shannon sounds like traditionnal music, a big surprise in Wetton's discography.

But the highlight of the album is the fourth song, To Catch a Thief, a magnificent duet with Anneke Van Giersbergen (the wonderful voice of The Gathering). This love song nearly made me cry, it's so strong! And the voices of Wetton and her guest are so beautiful.

At all, this album is probably the best by Mr. Wetton since Battle Lines and is very close the first Asia: an entertaining singing performance by one the best voice of British rock.

StephLevs | 5/5 |


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