Wetton/Downes – Icon II

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Icon II

Released 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music

Rating: 2.0/5


The Icon saga continues with the second album, II. This may be a long-awaited dream for fans of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Asia, but I’m sure this album is not going to make anyone besides them happy. This album sounds almost exactly like the previous one and the music is the same slow and sometimes extremely boring progressive rock. The most arousing moment on II is the duet between John Wetton and Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering). < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Even if the music is boring, the quality of the material is a little better. The better songs on II are the very Asia-esque “The Die Is Cast” and “Finger on the Trigger” as well as the up-tempo ballads “Reflections (of My Life)” and the duet “Tears of Joy”. The first part of the album is more solid and new when compared to the second part, which feels tired and weak. One positive aspect of the album is the perfect production by both Wetton and Downes. They have put the focus on the vital things that bring the album forward, like keyboard, piano, guitar, and lead vocals.


I don’t think this album is going to take Wetton/Downes any further in their careers and I don’t think they’re going to gain any new fans with it either. It’s maybe fun for the Asia lovers, but not to anyone else. To make Asia fans glad, I can say the band is going to reunite for a worldwide tour starting in September 2006.



John Wetton – lead vocals, bass, guitar

Geoffrey Downes – keyboards, piano

John Mitchell – guitar

Steve Christey – drums

Hugh McDowell – cello

Katie Jacoby – violin


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The Die Is Cast

Finger On The Trigger

Reflections (Of My Life)

To Catch A Thief

Tears Of Joy


The Hanging Tree

The Glory Of Winning