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2.96 | 1434 ratings

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2 stars Suddenly, it was over.

I have to admit that when I saw the 90125 tour a good number of the fans seemed to enjoy the new material. Perhaps they were happy to be seeing Yes in the flesh as these songs have NOT held up over time. The Rabin years are Yes' biggest flaw. And I'll never forget the flip side when I saw Yes 10 years later. After about three new songs (from Talk?) the fans around me were getting awfully restless. A guy near me who waited patiently for a quiet moment after the applause died down suddenly screams, REALLY loud: "Play something from the 70s!!!!" Everyone laughed, but it worked. The next song was "And You and I."

I have little to say about 90125. 'The T' covered my feelings very well a while back on this title. I suppose as pop music its fair but this is supposed to be Yes. Insipid themes, awful 80s fashion and imagery, those terrible sugary choruses, and Owner of a Lonely Heart. It's all one big WTF?

Apparently Yes figured that progressive rock was dead and rather than try to save it they would just go for the dollar signs. Because of that they produced music that is now stale and entirely forgettable. I'll give them the second star out of respect for the occasional glimpses of stellar musicianship but that's the best I can do here.

If you are new to Yes, take note. Avoid this album and Big Generator at all costs.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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