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3.41 | 1022 ratings

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3 stars What can I say ???

A new YesStudio album after a ten years hiatus. To be honest, I have boycotted their previous live tour when Jon was ejected from the band for their forty years tour. Prices were excessive and the way that the band got rid of Jon (who had some health problems) was just disgusting IMHHO.

So, "Fly From Here" is the new offering from one of the most prominent prog band of all times. Since we can forget about any Floyd, Genesis and probably Tull effort of this kind, I was quite intrigued by this new opus.

"Yes" is even performing an epic like in their glory days... The title track is not bad at all, but it can't compete with the great ones we all love & know (no need to tell you which ones, right)? The instrumental parts are quite all right as far as I am concerned. But, I have a quite mixed feeling about the new vocalist.

I had read that this guy was chosen for their previous tour because he sounded as Jon. Fair enough, but IMHHO he sounds VERY shy. It is true that this album is an attempt to go back to their roots which the previous "Magnification" not the world music combo "The Ladder" were.

What comes after the epic is not really worth mentioning as far as I am concerned. The poppish side of "Yes" during the eighties is resurging (and that's not really what I am expecting). In this respect "The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be'' is particularly revealing. Very weak even if Steve is particularly great though on this track.

The sweet & acoustic guitar "Solitaire" is a showcase for Steve and it is my favorite from this album (after the title track). A good mention for the closing number as well to be honest ("Into The Storm").

I will attend their current tour in November. Hopefully, "Yes" will only play "Fly From Here" during their current tour .

This is just an average album which I will raise to three stars for the contribution of this HUGE band to the prog music.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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