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Flash

 

Eclectic Prog

3.68 | 78 ratings

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Progbear
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3 stars If nothing else, this record serves to provide listeners with a sort of answer to the hypothetical question, "What would Yes have sounded like had Peter Banks never left?"

The answer is, "Not too terribly different."

Howe and Banks have nearly congruent sets of influences, and oddly, very similar bags of riffs. This whole album has the weird feel of a Parallel Universe version of THE YES ALBUM. Of course, Tony Kaye's at the organ stool has a lot to do with that, but likewise Banks' guitarwork and arrangements are eerily similar to those found on THE YES ALBUM. On the other hand, Colin Carter, while a fine vocalist in his own right, is pretty far removed from Anderson stylistically. And the lyrics certainly lack Anderson's spacey charm.

Of course, this does look a bit pallid in the end when compared to its illustrious companion. But I don't accuse Banks of "imitating" Yes, nor cashing in on their success. He was IN Yes, so it's only fitting that his own band should sound similar.

Progbear | 3/5 |

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