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3 stars Quality Pop.

Trevor Rabin met Chris Squire, and they decided to make a band called Cinema with Alan White. When producers heard the music, they suggested bringing Jon Anderson in for the vocals, and with Tony Kaye on keyboards, a new Yes was born. Much of this music originated from Rabin, or Rabin and Squire, although Anderson insisted on re-working many of the vocals, and so also shares in the credits. The music sounds like Yes largely because of Anderson's presence, and the occasional odd-time chord progression. But for the most part, this is a new sound. It is aimed at 1980s radio play, and it sits firmly in that decade's sound. Saying this, it is quality pop, fairly memorable and some of these tunes have strong melodies and staying power. Songs like 'Changes', 'Leave It', and the big single 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' are among these. I have to say I don't put this on hardly any more, but I did attend the concerts, which were fairly good, and I enjoy hearing these tunes if they ever make it onto the radio. The negative is Steve Howe is missing, big time. Rabin is an excellent guitar player, but his sound is so commercial and (to paraphrase Frank Zappa) electric ham sandwhich-like, it just makes you pine for Howe's unique and distinct soulful playing. But this album is still decent - on the albums to follow Yes would spiral down the hole of chasing commercial success, but here they just sound fresh and new (or reborn). I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to mid 3 PA stars.

Walkscore | 3/5 |


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