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A662 Prog472
[Spectacularly Awesome Musicianship116, Solidly Awesome Composition113, Beyond Great Songwriting113, Beyond Great Production111 and Excellent Coverart109]
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Review by Mike published
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B Mystical Symph Prog Rock

This has the typical Yes sound of the 70s, but of course the band members have all been swapped out for obvious reasons. Looking only at the music itself, it's quite good and on a high level as far as musicianship and production are concerned. The songwriting seems bland and arbitrary though.

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Review by Time_Signature published
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A Uplifting Prog Rock

With Benoît David taking up the vocals instead of Jon Anderson, "Fly From Here" is bound to get its share of detractors, but if one can deactivate the irrational parts of the fan brain, I think that one will find that this sounds like, well, it sounds like Yes.

We are dealing with progressive rock here, and it has all the things that the classic, and less classic albums from the 70s had - that is spacey keyboards, genre transgressions, complex song structures and other twists and turns, and, of course, long songs - on this album, they have limited the number of epics to the five part 20+ minutes title song. Musically, everything is the way it should be, I think.

And vocalswise? Well, I like what Benoît David is doing. His voice is similar to that of Jon Anderson, but it has a finer, or perhaps more delicate, quality, and he certainly has his own vocal-identity and contributes to the sound in his own way.

I like this album, and I hope that it will be received positively and that fans will be open-minded, challenging the view that progheads are intolerant and narrowminded snobs, and accept a fine album with a fine vocalist in stead of decrying Jon Anderson's absence.

Review by Time_Signature published
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S Thoughtful Epic Prog Rock

I really like this one. I think it bears comparison with classics such as "Relayer", "Fragile", "Time and a Word", "Tales from Topographis Oceans", and "Close to the Edge" without being too similar to them, yet containing elements that long time fans will recognize. The production is top notch and musically, while shorter and simpler than the classics from the 70s, all of the tracks on this release are interesting listens - even the so-called pop-song "Don't Go" which is more reminiscent of "90125" (so there's a link there, too - another link's the guitar pattern in "Soft as a Dove" which vaguely resembles the main riff of "Hearts"). In fact, this album might be an appropriate gateway into the world of prog to "prog noobs".

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The bass line is interestingly reminiscen of that of "Verdens Længste Rap" by østkyst Hustlers :-/

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S We Agree 6:30
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S Dreamtime 10:45
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Review by zitro published
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A Symph Modern Prog Classical

Best Yes album since Relayer?

Sure, "Don't Go" is an out of place pop song where its deep texture can't save it. Other than that, I've never heard the band so inspired since the Machine Messiah composition in Drama. The composition is the best point of the album: the way all instruments and orchestra harmonize is sublime. The only other rock+orchestra effort that is as successful as this one is Rick Wakeman's "Journey". Those two epics might be the best songs they wrote since Machine Messiah (you can tell I love that song).

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A typical, yet excellent, yessong that says they're back while at the same time saying that they've changed.

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Everyone (rightfully) praise the heavy bassline, but how about the one in the soft sections "In this world ..."? That's just brilliant! Anyways, this is a refreshingly heavy song from them.

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D Don't Go 4:27

meh, it's not a bad song and would be above-average in their pop albums (thanks to its texture), but it doesn't fit well in here.

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the Orchestra works really well in here, including its intro. Besides that, this is the best song here, in terms of vocal melodies.

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The vocal melodies/harmonies during the choruses are excellent as well as the little orchestra motif during them

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A We Agree 6:30

Yes another successful marriage of rock and orchestra. Steve Howe is in very fine form here.

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Very underrated. Jon Anderson's voice never fails to impress me. The simple acoustic riff is touching, and the instrumental break is fantastic.

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S Dreamtime 10:45

Incredible intro! I also love the first two verses, which has tribal rhythms as opposed to rock beats. The driving vocal melodies are probably the best sing-along melodies in the album. Chris Squires has a legendary bass line in here as well. The outro is a bit of filler tho.

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Pretty much a flawless, coherent, and inspired epic with amazing use of the orchestra. The guitar melody in the background of the 2nd section and the last time the slow ascending bass riff plays could rival the best musical ideas in their classic albums.

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It's pretty nice, but I sometimes just end the album when the previous song finishes.

Review by Time_Signature published
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90125 1983
S Prog Rock

This may be poppy compared to the Yes of the pre-80s, but it's quality pop-rock. And this album contains many songs which, although short and catchy, are still somewhat complex (at least for the pop-rock of the time), the album still containing many progressive elements (while nowhere near the Yes of the pre-80s). I like it a lot, and I don't care if people bash it.

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S Cinema 2:07
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A Leave It 4:13
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S Our Song 4:18
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A Hearts 7:43
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- Make It Easy Bonus 6:12
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- It's Over Bonus 5:41
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