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3 stars Okay, I'll make this very simple. There's some stuff I liked, and stuff I didn't

What I Liked: Clean Sound: Nice and crisp New State of Mind Powerful, In-Your-Face, and with a beat; something Yes isn't known for doing Universal Garden Andersonian influences ring well here Fortune Seller Good bass line, decent all around playing, nice mix = decent song The Solution Best song on the album. Steve FINALLY sounds like himself again

What I didn't Like From the Balcony Nice lyrics by Anderson, but Steve, PLEASE pick some better chords. Sounded off-tune almost the whole time No Way We Can Lose Worst Yes song ever. Not even close. Don't listen to this if you have any respect for Jon Anderson. In fact, everyone should really just stay clear of it Wonderlove Too syrupy, and it dragged on for an eternity. Lack of Billy Sherwood: I loved some of his stuff on The Ladder but he needed to be more visible on OYE. Playing second guitar to a god like Steve Howe doesn't help much. Steve Howe: Never really settled in nicely to the album until the very last song!!! Okay on Fortune Seller but too little too late

So what's the easiest way to try to enjoy this album? Stop comparing it to Yes of old. Consider it a Squire/Sherwood project, with guest appearances by Anderson, Howe, and White. Some of the stuff is respectable, and I wouldn't mind The Solution showing up on a setlist again. I will give this album the benefit of the doubt. Don't expect too much from it, which is very common due to the logo on the front jumping out at you. But it's not awful. Really it isn't.

AmericanKhatru | 3/5 |


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