John Wetton – Raised In Captivity

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John Wetton, one of the most distinctive voices in rock, that was part of one of the most successful supergroups ever, Asia, after having played with other “monsters”, with direct, or not, references to “prog”, like King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, UK, Roxy Music, and Family.
 
Except from this brilliant career, and the several problems of excesses John faced, he managed to release several solo albums, with “Rock Of Faith” from 2003, being the last one. On “Raised In Captivity” we find him alongside a  group of friends and collaborators, such as Mick Box, Steve Morse, Geoff Downes, Steve Hackett, Anneke Van Giersbergen, etc… The answer to the question whether this album is worthy of Wetton’s career, is quite complex, and not easy to answer.

“Raised In Captivity” is not a bad album, but I don’t think that you could call it interesting, either. Of course, it has its moments, like “Lost For Words”, “Last Night Of My Life” and “The Devil And The Opera House”, but I bet that it won’t be considered as a highlight in his brilliant career, or that it will return to your player, like Asia, or even “Icon” albums did…