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2 stars 90125

90125 is Yes's eleventh studio album and was released in 1983. It was the first album for Trevor Rabin in Yes, also for the first time after Jon Anderson left the band in 1979. Also, it was the album to feature Tony Kaye, the first or original keyboardist. This version of Yes actually is different with the "normal" Yes, since Jon Anderson had left the band before this, basically it was "not that Yes", but it was another Yes. So just by looking at these changes, you probably could imagine what will the album like.

Well actually, this album is not as great as Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer or Close To The Edge. In fact, I believe that this album is the border of the classic Yes and newer Yes. The songs on the album are just "not-that-Yes-prog". Also, until now, I still don't know why they did this, seems they had changed from a master progressive giants into a pop commercial band (no offence).

On this album, there is absolutely no such thing like epic song, great solo, progressive time signature or things like that. I don't know whether I have to be happy or what, but this album was the most success album commercially by Yes. It was also the album to reach number 1 on US chart. The song lengths are about 4 to 6 minutes, which I consider is not very good, cause then the band wouldn't be able to experiment or improvise. Also, just like I said before, the songs are very poppy to be Yes's songs, lack of progressiveness, what a really disappointing album. I think I don't have to go in depth to each song, since most of the songs have the same structure, 4/4 time signature, pop style, "verse chorus verse chorus" structure and lack of progressiveness.

In the end I can only give two stars (sorry for die hard fans!). But I believe even Yes die hard fans also don't really appreciate this album, as those people who know the real Yes won't appreciate this album as high as the classic Yes. I know that every band has to have an experiment on their musical style, but this album is just not for me. Or maybe, Yes took their musical style far too different, which I consider is bad.

Peace Love Unity and Respect!!

imoeng | 2/5 |


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