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This should have been released 30 years ago!,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fly from Here (Audio CD)
As a died-in-the-wool Yes fan, the promise of a new album, 10 years after Magnification ("Time is Time" DID seem like the closing of the Yes' chronicles), was a thrill. Ok, the expansion of We Can Fly From Here was a bit of a surprise, especially as I already had the song as a bonus track on The Buggles' 2nd album. The first listen was an "Ah yes, that bit was Fly From Here" and then, during "Life On A Film Set", I thought "Hey, I've heard this TOO!". Indeed I had as it was another Buggles demo, polished up for 2011. Also, I was interested to hear Benoit David's voice.
So, what about the actual album? Well, it's MUCH shorter than anything the group have released since the 80s. However, as a believer that the maximum length for a single album (or CD) should be around the 50 minute mark (this clocks in at 47 1/2 minutes), Yes aren't trying to outstay their welcome, which is good. There's filler on there too ("Man You Always Wanted Me To Be" and "Hour Of Need"). But The Ladder, the awful Open Your Eyes and also the dreadful Union all contained soft rock filler, so that can't take anything from the album. What this album is, and this has been said frequently, is "Drama Part 2". I am a great fan of the Drama album, and Benoit's voice, though not sounding like Jon Anderson, sounds VERY like Trevor Horn. And they're using a couple of cast-offs from The Buggles 1981 album. So, what we have here is the album which the Downes/Horn/Howe/Squire/White combo of 1980/1981 would have produced in 1981 or 1982. As such, as a new album in 2011, it's completely out of place in the canon. It's a good album (Fly From Here should have been a single track rather than 6...), just very curious as it is not what Yes fans would have expected (i.e. a completely NEW work).
If you like Drama, then you'll love this. If you are looking for Close To The Edge II, look elsewhere. This is a good, pleasant album, with progressive sensibilities, which has simply come 30 years after it SHOULD have come out!
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You died in the wool? What does that mean?
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