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Artist:

GPS

Album:

Window to the Soul

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: InsideOut
Genre: [Melodic AOR]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.5


Now that Geoff Downes decided in favor of reuniting Asia in its former glory, John Payne was left without a band. Regardless, Payne didn't waste one moment before moving on and founding a new group under the moniker "GPS" together with the remaining bandmates who also got kicked out from Asia: Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen. The line-up was then completed by Ryo Okumoto of Spocks Beard fame.

The music of GPS is quite similar to Asia's, but that isn't surprising at all... the songs rely on melodic AOR, and are well produced. However, compared to Asia, GPS plays a bit more accentuated music with hard-hitting grooves and more focus on guitar parts. Unfortunately, the quality of material varies on this record (e.g. couple of songs are somewhat middling). As a whole, GPS' Window to the Soul is a good AOR record that's a worthy candidate for any music enthusiast's collection. While it isn't an instant classic, it does provide a good start for the band.

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- MAGE (October 1st, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Payne, John: Vocals, Bass
Govan, Guthrie: Guitars
Okumoto, Ryo: Keyboards
Schellen, Jay: Drums & Percussion
Producer: Payne, John
Mixing by: James, Michael; Payne, John & Schellen, Jay
Mastering by: Donnelly, Dave
TRACKLIST:
GPS - Window to the Soul  CD  Cover Image
01. Window to the Soul
02. New Jerusalem
03. Heaven Can Wait
04. Written on the Wind
05. I Believe in Yesterday
06. The Objector
07. All My Life
08. Gold
09. Since You've Been Gone
10. Taken Dreams

Length: 64:18
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