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Anthony H.
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3 stars Yes: Talk [1994]

Rating: 6/10

Talk is a stylistically unique album and is somewhat controversial among Yes fans. After the relative failure of Union, Yes found the eight-member band to be untenable and returned to the 80s lineup. I'm not one to defend the Rabin era; I think that his time in Yes produced some weak music that was completely unworthy of the band's name. However, Talk (his final album with the band) contains many strong moments. Talk is a slightly progified version of the pop-rock present on the prior Rabin albums. It's similar to the Rabin-penned songs on Union, except with good musicianship and respectable songwriting. Although there are some glaring flaws, there are many good, and even a few great, songs to be found here.

"The Calling" opens the album in an upbeat fashion with an anthem chorus and some almost country-like guitar. "I am Waiting" is an overlong yet enjoyable ballad with hard-rock moments. "Real Love" is a personal favorite of mine, with an excellent chorus and some strong guitar work. "State of Play" is a boring rock song despite the decent acoustic guitar playing. "Walls" is a poorly-executed track with hints of country-rock. Rabin sings the majority of this song (as if Anderson wasn't good enough). "Where Will You Be" is a relaxing soft-rock song centered on light percussion and a subdued guitar riff. Anderson sounds great here, and Rabin performs an excellent acoustic guitar solo. The fifteen-minute "Endless Dream" suite closes the album. It starts off heavy with "Silent Spring", focusing on rapid piano playing and crunchy guitar. "Talk" begins with very quiet vocals from Rabin over piano, and transitions between hard and soft rock. Solid synth and emotive vocals are in abundance. The suite closes with a brief self-titled reprise.

Even though Talk has some great moments, many factors prevent it from being excellent. There are some weak songs, particularly the atrocious "Walls", and many of the strong songs are overlong; this was most likely an attempt to make the album more prog, but many fantastic motifs end up being repeated and drawn out. Also, Rabin's unexciting vocals are often shoved into places in which Anderson could have been much more effective. This album is far away from the classic Yes sound, but the band managed to do their best with this style. While unessential, Talk is a competent release and is by far the best album of the Rabin era.

Anthony H. | 3/5 |


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