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ANIMATION

Jon Anderson

 

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3 stars Staying within the "boundaries"

Jon Anderson adopted a far more commercial approach with this his third solo album. Having started off with his most progressive and arguably best work ("Olias"), he moved towards more straight forward songs on "Song of seven", and continues on that course here. That in itself is not a criticism, he carries it off well.

The distinctive voice is there of course, but unlike "Olias" he does not take on the instrumental performances himself this time. Instead he leaves it to a number of more proficient players such as Blue Weaver (STRAWBS), Clem Clempson (who among other things played in ROUGH DIAMOND with DAVID BYRON of URIAH HEEP), Jack Bruce etc. The opening track "Olympia" reminds me a bit of Yes' "Arriving UFO", probably just because of the way Anderson sort of chants at the top of his range. I reckon the best track is "Boundaries", a Celtic ballad which has a softer feel. The final track, "All God's children" has a child choir and inevitably a hymnal feel to it.

The one track I could do without is "Animation", which seems to be a very personal tale of childbirth, too much information.

There's not much of Yes or even "Olias of Sunhillow" here, but as long as you accept this as a pretty commercial outing by Anderson, it's actually quite enjoyable.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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