Those who can't bear the thought of Yes without Jon Anderson stop reading now. To me, it's a really good album. Not quite up to the dizzy heights of Drama (a personal favourite). Nor can it match the brilliance of albums like Close To The Edge. But it's a hell of a lot better than Open Your Eyes (an album so bad Steve Howe allegedly had to apologise for it) and the album Magnification, which I never liked at all. So this is better than some Anderson Yes! While you chew on that, here's why I like it:
The songs. Not a bad song on this album. While I feel the title track goes on for rather too long (it worked better as a live track on the Drama tour) it's still highly enjoyable. Yes on fine form. The rest are less Yes-like, but still great songs. They leave me wanting more.
Did I mention the lush production by Trevor Horn?
Admittedly it took me a few plays to fully appreciate this album, but the effort was worth it. Welcome back to the days of quality Yes albums! Great cover too, by Roger Dean of course.