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Yes, Heaven & Earth (Frontiers Records)




Yes, Heaven & Earth (Frontiers Records)
CD Reviews: July 24, 2014

07/24/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Like Journey, this hockey-rink prog-rock vanguard recently hired a singer who sang its old stuff in a cover band. Jon Davison sounds like original Yes singer Jon Anderson, it’s true, and maybe if I didn’t know the guy was such a granola-yoga type I would have listened to this album for the good stuff instead of the bad. And I did listen to it a lot, hoping that the first song, “Believe Again,” would somehow go away, and take its opening Topographic Oceans-sounding head-fake with it. (Steve Howe is still here, puttering around with the same volume-knob effect he’s used since the Nixon administration). That song, and way too many others here, are drearily upbeat, phoned-in ruminations from great-grandpas who used to be the most advanced rock band in the world and who now can’t write anything that’d be good enough for 1983’s 90125, let alone 1980’s Drama, which if you must know, and I’m sure you don’t, was my favorite, even if it too was Anderson-less. As for this record, I like “The Game,” and that’s about it, while the worst on board, “Step Beyond” is one of the worst ear-worms I’ve ever had the displeasure of encountering. Regardless of all that, it’s — holy cow — an actual Yes album, with actual Chris Squire on bass, and it’s not Tormato, thus it is, overall, something good. B- Eric W. Saeger
 
As seen in the July 24, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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