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I don't know what to make of this!!! Supposedly , YES was back in our hearts,with more new good old YESmusic being composed for years to come!! and then, comes this.....thing!!Rick WAKEMAN has left- again- and is being replaced by a buddy of CHRIS SQUIRE, BILLIE SHERWOOD mainly.....a guitarist. As if STEVE HOWE needs another guitarist behind his back!

I guess YES at this time was between a rock anf a hard place, not knowing exactly what to do next after the KTAs. Maybe these 2 albums didn't sell according to plan , and maybe was not the time to embrace full prog again. So what we have here is a bastardized version of the 2 yes; You can notice that just on the cover; we get rid of (AGAIN) ROGER DEAN artwork, but as good measure, we still keep the classic logo; let's look new and old at the same time.

So Yes go back to a short songs format, in the Tormato style. Try to get something that can be played on radio for all those 90215 old fans, but it never happened! Thanks god!! otherwise we would have gotten ''open your eyes-part2 '' later on. Another thing i thought i would never say before as i always have loved his voice, is how JON ANDERSON is getting on my nerves on this album; First of all, he doesn't stop, leaving no room for the instruments to do something interesting, but again he sings forced trying to deliver too fast, too much; Yes, the ''angel'' can be heard, but only sometimes. When the CD stops, i feel relieved.

Most of the songs i would say are almost unlistenable ! just try ''open your eyes'' or ''man on the moon' or ''fortune seller''. Horrible. A few redeem a little bit the level of the album like ''no way we can lose'', but nothing to go on a best of, or maybe on a best-of of YES crappier songs.

I don't know what STEVE HOWE is doing on this musical titanic, but i guess he had no say as it seems it's more SQUIRE/ANDERSON oriented ( no, not the SQUIRE from Fish out the water',more of the 90215 style'l

Again, we thought that we lost YES, but they will be back in style.

I have to be honest; i like YES, but i can only give a full one star to this one, even the RABIN ones are BETTER than that. 1 star

febus | 1/5 |


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