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3 stars In the "Yesyears" video, Trevor Rabin called this album "the most difficult album I have made". Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin (as Rabin said in the same video) had some frictions because they had different views about Yes` music. Chris Squire said that he and Alan White recorded their parts almost two years before it was released. If "90125" was easier to make because Squire, White, Rabin and Kaye had composed and recorded most of the album`s songs before Anderson arrived to the band again, this album was more difficult to make because the different views about the musical direction for Yes. But it has good songs, even if some of them are for Radio playing.Trevor Horn left the production of this album, and Trevor Rabin became the co-producer with Yes and one of the engineers.The best songs are "Rhythm of Love", "Love Will Find a Way", "Final Eyes" (the best of all) and "I`m Running". It seems that in this album Tony Kaye had more freedom for his keyboard arrangements (as Horn left "Big Generator", with whom he had problems during the recording of "90125", and Kaye left for some months in 1983). "Final Eyes" has very good keyboard arrangements maybe done by Kaye and Rabin together (as Rabin also was credited for playing keyboards). "I`m Running" has interesting percussion arrangements (a Marimba?). "Rhythm of Love" has a very good keyboards arrangement at the start of the song, with very good backing vocals in all parts of the song. Jon Anderson left the band again after the 1987-88 tour,maybe because he didn`t want to record pop Radio songs as the record label wanted. Yes depended very much on Rabin. Some people doesn`t like his style, but he was doing his jobs (guitarist/keyboard player/composer/producer) very well, but some people made him responsible for the change of style for the band, but he was only doing his jobs the best he could to keep Yes alive and to please the record label.
Guillermo | 3/5 |


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