Then & Now (Asia album)

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Then & Now
Asia - Then & Now (1990) front cover.jpg
Studio album / Greatest hits album by Asia
Released 14 August 1990
Recorded 1981-1985 (tracks 1-5 and 10)
1989 (tracks 6-9)
Genre Progressive rock
Length 42:28
Label Geffen
Producer Various producers
Asia chronology
Astra
(1985)
Then & Now
(1990)
Aqua
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]

Then & Now is British rock band Asia's half fourth studio/half first greatest hits album. The six tracks 1–5 and 10 are from earlier albums ("Then"), while the four tracks 6–9 inclusive are new recordings ("Now"). It was released on 14 August 1990 in the United States by Geffen Records.[3]

The record debuted at No. 114 on the Billboard 200 chart[4] and was certified Gold by the RIAA on 23 July 1998.[3] "Days Like These", written by the former band leader for The Unforgiven, Steve Jones, received airplay on FM radio and made it to No. 2 on the American Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Then & Now received mixed reactions by music critics.

Tom Demalon of Allmusic, in his one-and-a-half-star review, accused Asia of inability to duplicate the success of their debut album and called the new songs "flaccid musically and insipid lyrically". But at the same time, the critic made special mention of the anthemic "Days Like These", describing it as matching the band's strong early material.[1] Entertainment Weekly's Greg Sandow, rating Then & Now a "C", stated that the old songs such as "Heat of the Moment" and "Don't Cry" "are empty symphonic rock, full of strings and predictable melodic hooks", while the new songs "aren't as lush", "hit the beat a little harder, but in essence [they're] just as bland".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Only Time Will Tell" (from Asia, 1982) Wetton / Downes 4:46
2. "Heat of the Moment" (from Asia, 1982) Wetton / Downes 3:52
3. "Wildest Dreams" (from Asia, 1982) Wetton / Downes 5:10
4. "Don't Cry" (from Alpha, 1983) Wetton / Downes 3:40
5. "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" (from Alpha, 1983) Wetton 3:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Days Like These" Steve Jones 4:05
7. "Prayin' 4 a Miracle" Wetton / Sue Shifrin / David Cassidy 4:22
8. "Am I in Love?" Wetton / Downes 4:24
9. "Summer (Can't Last Too Long)" Wetton / Downes 4:16
10. "Voice of America" (from Astra, 1985) Wetton / Downes 4:18
Total length: 42:28

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
US RIAA Gold[3]

References[edit]