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ARC OF LIFE is a band of musicians all with ties, to varying degrees, to YES. Billed by their promoter as a supergroup, their ties to numerous progressive rock artists and bands (as well as other genres of rock) demonstrates that this label was not given frivolously.

Their sound is similar to YES, blending classic YES complexity, with the 80's Trevor RABIN era power prog and adding in modern sensabilities.

ARC OF LIFE:
Billy SHERWOOD: bass & vocals, the driving force behind WORLD TRADE, has appeared with YES on numerous albums, end eventually was chosed by Chris SQUIRE as his replacement in the band.
Jon DAVISON: vocals, is known primarily for his work with GLASS HAMMER, and has been the lead singer for YES since 2012.
Jay SCHELLEN: drums, has appeared with SHERWOOD on albums by WORLD TRADE, Peter BANKS, SHERWOOD solo albums, CONSPIRACY, and since 2016 has toured with YES to support Alan WHITE.
Jimmy HAUN: guitar, was in the band LODGIC with SHERWOOD and his brother Michael, and later in CIRCA, with SHERWOOD and Tony KAYE, also played with YOSO (Yes/Toto), JON & VANGELIS, and appeared in YES' album Union.
Dave KERZNER: keyboards, a founding member of SOUND OF CONTACT, has appeared with prog artists Kevin GILBERT, Steven WILSON and Steve HACKETT, among others.

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Review by TCat
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2 stars It's good that they have found something to do with the on and off again "Yes" clone band members before they decided to release another album under that name and ruin it even more. John Davidson is here on vocals, the same one that they thought they could use as a replacement for Jon Anderson with the prior "Yes" album "Heaven and Earth", which I have a very hard time calling a "Yes" album because it sounds more like a debut album from this new incarnation "Arc of Life". We also get Billy Sherwood along for the ride, who Chris Squire apparently said could be his replacement, even after he was part of another one of what was considered the worst "Yes" album ever "Open Your Eyes". Hopefully, with him stuck in this band, he will also stay away from the "Yes" name. There are also 3 other members that had certain not-so-important ties to the band "Yes" in this band. Together, they put out this album, which, even after trying hard to give it a fair chance, I just can't manage to find anything about it that doesn't make me cringe.

It's true that Davidson's voice is similar to Anderson's voice. But, I always thought that Anderson had a soulful and believable aspect to his angelic vocals and that is missing from Davidson's vocals. It's almost like a washed-out version of Anderson's voice. Plus you get the irritating, yet obvious auto-tune sound which makes it even worse. I find that Davidson's voice is just too weak and they use that digital vocalization to help strengthen it here, but it doesn't work. Sherwood also tries to come to the rescue with his vocals as a deeper tone to Davidson's, but it doesn't help much. His voice tends to give it that 80's era feel, but it ends up getting lost in all of the terrible digital-vocal effects with the result of feeling sloppy. This is really evident in "Talking to Siri" and "The Magic of it All". The latter mentioned song tries desperately to be complex, which it is to some extend, but ends up being quite wonky. "I Want to Know You Better" is a very bad attempt at a radio friendly pop sound. Here, they cut back all complexity and thick layers to leave Sherwood's vocals too exposed, and the computer enhanced vocals are enough to turn any die-hard progger off.

The instrumentation is the only redeeming thing about the album, but even so, you can't rank it up there with the masterful instrumentation of "Yes". However, if they weren't trying so hard to be someone they aren't, it wouldn't be half bad. There are places that the instruments are a bit muddled in too many layers, but there are also places where the guitar or the keyboard is allowed to shine through. But those times are too few and far between, and also too short giving it all a choppy feel.

With the new name "Arc of Life", you would think that they would attempt to get their own style and sound, but instead they continue to be a clone-band. The sad thing is, it only comes across as being messy and false. While it is a relief that they are not hijacking the "Yes" name, they are still trying to hijack the sound. I have heard "Yes" cover bands that sound even better than this. The best thing to happen here, I think, is for the guitarist, keyboardist and drummer to run away from this project before their names get associated with Sherwood and Davidson as the musicians that could never live up to the "Yes" name.

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Review by prog_traveller!!

2 stars Arc of life is a new, well you can call it prog supergroup and they released their first album in 2021. The band consists of current and past members of Yes. The album starts with "Life has a way", a 5 minute opener that sets the tone for the most of the album. It features lots of elements of the 80's and 90's Yes sound.

"Talking with Siri" deliveres a true throwback to poppy prog sound of the 80's. It's a cool and fun tune, You make it real continues in the same manner.

"Until the further notice" starts heavyer but then it returns to the signature sound of the album. The entire album sounds very interesting, but it really does not click with me. The production is fantastic and musicianship is great but overall it does not bring anything new all of the songs give me that feel of copying the sound that was and no introduction of new ideas.

"Locked down" and "Therefore we are" are two longest songs and probably the best ones on the album. All in all its a fun listen and that's all.

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Review by Soul2Create

3 stars I really wanted to like it more. Since I knew about this band, and considering the excellent line up I have to admit that my expectations were high. So, after five listens I can't help to be a bit dissapointed since more than half of the material is plain and bland AOR. The vocals range from good to awful (especially some processed vocals from Jon Davison). However, there are a couple of progressive tracks, and are good enough to maintain the hope in this band.

1. Life Has A Way (5.5/10) 2. Talking With Siri (6/10) 3. You Make It Real (3.5/10) 4. Until Further Notice (7/10) 5. The Magic Of It All (4/10) 6. Just In Sight (8/10) 7. I Want To Know You Better (3.5/10) 8. Locked Down (6.5/10) 9. There For We Are (8/10) 10. The End Game (4/10)

Recommended to all fans of Yes (Big generator, Open your eyes) and Billy Sherwood.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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