I believe that when Yes released “Believe Again,” it was a tactical move because that song sounds the most like traditional Yes. On the new album, it is the only song that does. While that is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing, in this case, it is. It is as if the members consciously went through a process of trying to write a different kind of music for this album just for the sake of doing so. It doesn’t work. It really doesn’t work. Most of the songs are very mild and uninteresting, with no hooks or stand-out playing. In fact, it is difficult to tell that it is Yes, at all. Fly From Here didn’t have to grow on me. From the first chords, you knew exactly who you were listening to and even from the opening track, the album had punch. This has absolutely none. The production is flat and there are no sections that reach out and grab you with any power at all. Even the peculiar “Union” disc had punch, even if the songs were uneven. Here, the songs are very even—too much so. Geoff Downes recently said that this line-up has quite a bit of life left in them. I hope they show more of it the next time around.Now listening to Tales from Topographic Oceans. Crying a little bit.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The fifth part of the response to David Menton will be here shortly. In the meantime, I am going off topic. Here is a review of the new Yes album that I just sent to iTunes: