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Anthony H.
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2 stars Yes: Big Generator [1987]

Rating: 4/10

Yes's lowest point. Big Generator is a slice of crisply-produced pop-rock straight from the heart of the dark cavernous mass known as the 1980s. The album features the same lineup that appeared on 90125, and the style is for the most part similar to that of its predecessor. However, while 90125 was a decent album with many enjoyable moments, Big Generator is a dull album: the musicianship is insultingly simplistic considering the musicians involved and the songwriting is generally uninteresting. There are some decent moments; however, these are few and far-between.

"Rhythm of Love" is a straightforward rock song dominated by vocal melodies and a simple drum beat. The title track begins with a brief a-cappella intro leading into some enjoyable vocals from Anderson on the song's verses. A terrible 80s-metal chorus with metallic guitar follows. "Shoot High Aim Low" is a more subdued track with alternating vocals between Anderson and Rabin and a decent spacey guitar solo. Although not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, this song is one of the strongest on the album. "Almost Like Love" contains some laughably simplistic drum work, but Anderson's vocals and a catchy synth riff keep it from being a total disaster. "Love Will Find a Way" opens with a string intro that leads into another boring pop-rock song. "Final Eyes" is a decent track, mainly because of the emotive singing from Anderson. "I'm Running" is the most multifaceted song here, with hard rock sections, calm moments, and segments that almost remind me of a Mariachi band. "Holy Lamb" is a calm ballad with fantastic vocals. This is my favorite song on the album, and the only one that manages to connect with me in any way.

Looking at Big Generator's cover - which is pretty much the opposite of a Roger Dean painting - would be almost enough to realize how un-Yes this album is. I find it difficult to dislike anything that Jon Anderson sings on, but this sounds like he's singing for a completely different band. While there isn't anything absolutely terrible or disgraceful on Big Generator, it is still a spiritless and generally boring effort.

Anthony H. | 2/5 |


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