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After the mega-success of 90125 ( still the most sold YES album as of today) you could only except the follow-up album to sound kind of similar as like the saying ''don't fix it if it ain't broke''. If the ''modern'' cover of 90125 was ugly enough , we haven't seen anything yet. The band surpassed itself with one of the most horrible artwork i have seens so far ( i am talking about the yellow cover as i have seen another one ,green in this case). We are definitely far from anything ROGER DEAN produced in the heydays.

Musically, the band (same line-up) is just using the same formula than in 90125, but not completely! Yes, we have 2 attempts at AOR top 40 charts with ''Love will find a way'' (what a title, not Siberian Khatru anymore) and the hard rocking''Rythm of Love''. Though they would not be as successful as ''the lonely heart'', they will still get good airplay and garnish a little more the bank accounts of our 5 musicians here.

However the rest of the album is not quite that commercial. You have some indigest features like the horrible ''almost like love'' or the industrial ''big generator'', but the rest of the album is DECENT! ''Shoot high, aim low'' is a guilty pleasure and the rest of the album ,all what comes after ''love will find a way'' is highly listenable with yes, YESmoments ,sure not of the caliber of FRAGILE, but ''final eyes'' ''i am running'' are good YESsongs. And the album even ends up with a acoustic solo tune from JON ANDERSON. I wonder about the reaction of RABIN when ANDERSON came up with the idea to add this solo song; not great i am sure.

The story of the king and the former king who wants to be king again!!!

Not great, but not as bad as some people want you to think: a decent 80s pop/prog album. And TREVOR RABIN is a good guitarist.indeed!! 3 stars

febus | 3/5 |


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