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Thursday, 26 June 2014

FIRST REVIEW OF YES' NEW ALBUM

With Heaven and Earth, Yes has recaptured the unabashedly hopeful disposition of the Jon Anderson years, but somehow lost nearly all of its sharper musical edges. Jon Davison, Yes’ second replacement for its founding vocalist, brings a determinedly sunny disposition to the proceedings — and the effect seems to be a general bleaching of what made them interesting in the first place.
Save for a smattering of exceptions, including the brilliantly layered “Light of the Ages” and ferociously purgative “Subway Walls,” this amounts to prog for the easy-listening set.
A triumph of conception, the late-arriving “Light of the Ages” finds Yes exploring a musical soundscape as inspiring as its narrative counterpoint. Ironically, it’s the only song credited solely to Davison on Heaven and Earth, due in July 2014 via Frontiers. Elsewhere, the deeply likeable Davison works extensively with the others, having a generally narcotic impact...
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