Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Yes, Do Another One
Okay, just finishing up here: all I can is come on lads, do another one! Utopian, through composed, gorgeous harmony, sense of humor (that Buggles influence again). Right on.
Horn really knows how to produce. He has a sense of layers and foreground and background. Scary, weird, funny. Songs fairly leap out of the speakers. It's like nothing they've done since Drama or 90125 or Big Generator that way. No matter what you think of the material on those albums they're stunningly produced.
In some ways this is more post than Buggles' original attempts to push Yes into postmodernity. The extra ingredients? Yes still exist, 30 years later! So they are the ultimate postmodern product...yet this sounds like the opening statement of a post-postmodern, the ecological era, in which the sincerity fish eats the irony fish (remember?). NB Squire is the fish.
“Into the Storm” is a “Tempus Fugit” like hymn to Yes itself, modulated through the extraordinary “I'm Running” (Big Generator) with some Open Your Eyes type harmonies. With a superb extra layer of ambivalence supplied by Benoit David's vocal. Brilliant ending. Encore!