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Jon Anderson


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3 stars Jon's tribute to Cat Stevens.

Jon drops the heavy Yes fantasy world to give you a glimpse of his personal life with this album recorded in his home and garden, on his computer, with the help of his wife and cats and birds. An amazingly intimate record, it is all about acoustic instruments, love, nature, bliss, more love, spirituality, and oh Remember how Cat Stevens would make these simple acoustic songs about love and faith with simple melodies and pleasant vocals? This is Jon's version of "Buddha and the Chocolate Box" but without a rock band. And to note the obvious, this is *nothing* like Yes.

Most of the songs are Jon strumming an acoustic and singing nicely with his wife who does pretty well herself. Jane Anderson also handles the duties on the spoken word portions. The booklet features lyrics and artwork by Jon.

This album is an unusual and rare look at the Yes frontman, it's really like kicking back on the porch with him on a nice summer day for an acoustic jam and lemonade. Birds are chirping in the background. You can feel the positive vibes, man.. Nevertheless, I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone but fans of Yes, Jon, Cat Stevens, or similar acoustic music. What you are left with is the certainty that Jon has a very happy personal life in 1997 and you can share in his family bliss if you like. It really is a very special album but it's just one that will have limited appeal to fans of high-minded acoustic music.

One thing to note...this album works because of the sincerity of Jon in the material. Material like this was abundant in the late 60s and early 70s during the hippie scene, but many of those releases were a reaction to what was hip, essentially they were a fashion statement and that renders them dated and weak now. Jon is sincere if nothing else about these starry eyed songs and that makes them authentic and of value to those who long for his message.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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