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This is the first Yes studio album to feature singer Benoit David. This line-up includes bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes and drummer Alan White. Three tracks — “Fly from Here Pt.1 - We Can Fly,” “Fly from Here Pt. 5 - We Can Fly Reprise,” and “Hour of Need” — feature Oliver Wakeman, the son of legendary Yes-man Rick Wakeman, on additional keyboards. Trevor Horn produces. Yes music has always relied on the virtuosity of its players and the group has had enough member changes to make it important to distinguish which line-up is in service. The “Fly From Here” sequence is surprisingly subdued, considering its multi-part construction. The playing rarely reaches for the full-throttle instrumental attack associated with their ‘70s selves. Instead, the group performs mellow, reflective songs rich in melody. “The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be,” “Life On a Film Set” and “Into the Storm” are brilliant pop-influenced songs that are more reflective of the ‘80s output. “Solitaire” is a gentle acoustic piece.

Customer Reviews

Flying high! Welcome back Yes - worth the 10 year wait!

Ok - one listen so far and I'm impressed. I've been a Yesfan for 40+ years now and I would have to admit to being disappointed with Magnification. I never really got into it the way I immersed myself in previous Yes music. This new one is definitely better. It's melodic and simpler than previous albums. Benoit is singing as himself - not a Jon clone and that's a good thing. He's sometimes a bit low in the mix - maybe the band need to have more confidence in him...
Fly From here the track has been extensively developed from the original. Best bit? Well on an initial listen I'd say Sad Night At the Airfield and the sung part of Bumpy Ride. Part 5 provides a lovely climax as it returns to the original theme. can't wait to hear it live - roll on Glasgow on November 12!!
Chris Squire takes a lead vocal in The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be - he's not a bad singer but I can't help thinking Benoit would have done it better - good song though. Steve's guitar is lovely - understated and melodic.
The intro to Life On A Filmset shows off Benoit's voice beautifully. The song build's gently and inexorably to a folky acoustic guitar break and some sublime harmony vocals which develop to include some great drum breaks and atmospheric keyboards before finishing on a repeated vocal motif.
Hour of Need is just a lovely song - potential hit single? Again some sublime acoustic guitar from Steve and lovely harmony singing. This is probably where Benoit sounds most like Jon...
Solitaire is Steve's solo spot. Nothing more to say except it reaches the standard we all expect - exquisite.. Hope he plays it live in November.
Steve's guitar sound on Into the Storm reminds me of the tone he used a lot on Tales From Topographic Oceans - no bad thing. The vocals are ensemble and I think the song doesn't really take off until Benoit gets to sing on his own after about 3 minutes, sadly the ensemble singing then returns before Benoit again gets to take the lead. As I said before the band need to have confidence in him - he's a good vocalist in his own right and needs to be heard. The final minute of the song returns to the We Can Fly From Here motif and ends the album on a high note.
The production throughout is superb - - there's so much space around all the instruments and everything is beautifully defined. The band should definitely hang on to Trevor Horn for subsequent albums and on this outing I really hope they make many more.
Welcome back Yes - resurgent and relevant. Who would have thought it possible?

Who would have thought?

Ten years since the last album, minus Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, the omens were not good. However, against all the odds Yes have managed to make one of the best albums of their long and illustrious history. There's not a duff song on this record and the title track is nothing short of amazing. A special mention must go to the producer Trevor Horn as Yes have never been recorded so well, even better than his previous work with the band. If you have ever liked Yes or are a curious listener, get this as it could well be the release of the year so far.

A great addition to the catalogue

I wasn't sure what to expect from this album, a change of vocalist is always a lot to absorb, but I didn't need to worry. This album is classic Yes - thoughtful lyrics, breathtaking harmonies and musicianship of the first order. Definitely one I'll be listening to over and over. Roll on November 9th, City Hall, Sheffield!


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger listeners drawn to their mix of daunting...
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