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3.38 | 79 ratings | 7 reviews | 14% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Turbulence (4:57)
2. Hint Hint (3:28)
3. Running the Human Race (4:23)
4. The Inner Battle (3:32)
5. Novalis (2:25)
6. Fine Line (3:25)
7. Sensitive Chaos (4:25)
8. Corkscrew (3:56)
9. While Rome's Burning (4:25)
10. From a Place Where Time Runs Slow (3:43)

Total Time: 38:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Howe / acoustic, electric & pedal steel guitars, mandolin, koto, dobro, fretted & fretless basses, Taurus bass pedals, keyboards (9), percussion, congas, arranger & producer

- Billy Currie / keyboards, viola (8)
- Andrew Lucas / organ (1)
- Bill Bruford / drums
- Nigel Glockler / drums (3,6)

Releases information

Artwork: Roger Dean with Kai Krause

LP Relativity ‎- 4686831 (1991, US)

CD Relativity ‎- 88561-1061-2 (1991, US)
CD Acadia ‎- ACA 8025 (2002, UK)

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STEVE HOWE Turbulence ratings distribution

(79 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

STEVE HOWE Turbulence reviews

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Review by Sinusoid
1 stars If you've ever wondered what the term ''collector's item'' means, this CD might just give you a good answer.

There's no denying the instrumental talents of Steve Howe and Yes cohort Bill Bruford (who plays on this album), and TURBULENCE puts those talents on display. Even more amazing is the number of instruments (guitars and basses mostly) Howe used in the making of the album; the curious can examine a diagram of those instruments. So, why the harsh rating after all of the positive comments?

Simple, this is the most uninteresting album I've ever listened to. Yes is a band that has an uncanny ability to get me to remember any song they've ever done (during classic period Yes, of course); TURBULENCE leaves nothing for me to grasp musically with the exception of a few scattered ideas. There's simply no staying power in the compositions, nothing memorable to latch onto, nothing that would make me really want to pick the album up for a few more spins. Generic instrumental music is what this is.

Even with my respect for Steve Howe and his most successful association (Yes), I can't see any essentiality in this. This should be an album that is reserved for the extremely curious no matter how big of a Steve Howe fan they are. The adjective ''turbulent'' isn't exactly how I would describe the album.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This may be the best of Steve Howe's solo albums. Of the Howe albums I own, this is certainly the most Yes-like (a good thing). And a couple of the songs were reworked onto the disappointing Union album. If only the recombined Yes played with the exuberance that Howe's band plays here.

The majority of the songs on this album are played with a core trio of Howe, Bill Bruford and keyboardist Billy Currie (formerly of Ultravox). They are primarily heavy prog compositions, with Howe showing his usual versatility on a number of guitar-based instruments. And he doesn't sing!

To my ears, this is a must for the Yes enthusiast, and a fine album for any prog fan.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars Turbulence' was released in 1991, and features Steve playing not only everything with strings, but also some keyboards and anything else he feels benefits the overall sound. His core band is based around Bill Bruford and Billy Currie (ex-Ultravox), although Nigel Glockner provides drums on three songs and Andrew Lucas organ on one. This is an instrumental album, but one that feels far more a band effort as opposed to as solo, one that makes musical sense as it goes through the ten different songs, with a style that is instantly recognisable to anyone who has followed Steve's career. It is bright, it is exciting and invigorating with plenty of energy, and to my ears is the finest "solo" album of his career to date.

Definietly one for all Yes fans

Review by patrickq
4 stars Turbulence is Steve Howe's third solo album, and his first since The Steve Howe Album in 1979. In addition to Howe, who plays guitar and bass throughout, the primary musicians are drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Billy Currie. Howe composed the songs, all of which are instrumentals.

Although this isn't Howe's most ambitious work, it's the best of his first four albums because it's focused on a clear goal - - melodic art rock led by Howe's electric guitar playing. As has been pointed out, much of it sounds like Union, the Yes album released the same year, although they only have one song with any common passages ("Sensitive Chaos" here and Union's "I Would Have Waited Forever"). Bruford, who also appears on Union, is excellent throughout. (Nigel Glockner plays the acoustic drums on two songs here, while Bruford uses what I assume is his period Simmons (electronic) kit.)

Turbulence is a strong offering from Howe, and one I can comfortably recommend to Yes fans as well as fans of instrumental, guitar-based rock.

Latest members reviews

4 stars First Steve solo album I bought since "Beginnings" and I was certainly glad someone told him to shut-up and play his guitar. Steve doesn't need to sing, his guitar is his voice and what a voice he has here! He plays just about his entire guitar collection here on this album. Backed by a cracke ... (read more)

Report this review (#30682) | Posted by marktheshark | Thursday, April 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is definitley one of the best solo albums from a YES member. It has a very modern feel to it and has superb musicianship. Some of the songs are really beutiful like "Running The Human Race" and the last song "A Place Where Time Runs Slow" The only thing is that it begs for a guest appear ... (read more)

Report this review (#30680) | Posted by | Sunday, January 2, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This album represent a great rock reinterpretation of some kind of world-music. It has essentially a '80s sound in some track, but howe's guitar is much like the '90s Yes masterpieces. The disc run fluently and it's very tasteful and visionary. I say that's not essential because it's not an ex ... (read more)

Report this review (#30679) | Posted by | Friday, June 18, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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