Yes

Heaven & Earth Fron­tiers Records

Guitar Techniques - - Music Reviews -

This all-new al­bum from Yes is the first to in­clude vo­cal­ist Jon Dav­i­son (who has had a hand in the writ­ing as well) and it pro­vides a good cross-sec­tion of classy ma­te­rial and ideas. Ini­tially, the stand­out tracks in­clude To Ascend, Light Of The Ages and Sub­way Walls which takes us through a mu­si­cal jour­ney like ear­lier Yes ma­te­rial. On the down­side, as ex­pertly ex­e­cuted as it all is, the Roy Thomas Baker pro­duc­tion is def­i­nitely Amer­i­can and con­se­quently sounds a lit­tle safe. Howe’s guitar work seems a lit­tle cau­tious, too, and Squire’s bass only starts get­ting raunchy on the fi­nal track; how­ever, there is a hid­den depth here that is only fully re­vealed on sub­se­quent plays, so in that re­spect, it’s more like prog al­bums of the past. Dav­i­son’s vo­cals are un­can­nily like Jon An­der­son’s at times, but his own style also emerges and his de­liv­ery is ex­cel­lent through­out. Ge­off Downes sounds more like Wake­man than ever on some tracks. This is a fine al­bum that im­proves as you lis­ten, thus mak­ing it a com­fort­able ad­di­tion to the vast cat­a­logue of Yes ma­te­rial. But it does lack dan­ger.

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