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Heaven & Earth

21 July 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 July 2014
  • Release Date: 21 July 2014
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Frontiers Records
  • Total Length: 51:27
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  • ASIN: B00L2XTV6S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,999 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bryn Melyn David on 31 July 2014
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It's a grower.

How often have I said that over the years about albums that didn't grab me when I first listened to them but which I now adore? Hell, some of my favourite ever albums left me totally old for the first few listens. Not that I expect 'heaven and Earth' to become an all-time favourite but the more I listen to it the more I'm hearing in it and the more the tunes are lodging themselves in my brain.

As others have observed this isn't 'Close to the Edge 2'. Nor is is '90125 Pt 2'. I guess what it is is the sort of music that the members of yes want to write in their late 60's. It's mostly much more direct than many of their older songs, more instantly tuneful, more traditionally structured, but is it therefore by definition worse? I don't think so. Taken at face value as a collection of songs what I hear are mostly well-crafted pieces with strong melodies played with impeccable precision by musicians who know what they want. It's certainly easy on the ear, (there's no 'Sound Chaser' here, thank God!), and whilst it may not end up in my top 10 best Yes albums of all time it's enjoyable listening, comfortable listening, un-challenging listening maybe, but sometimes you know that's exactly what I want.

I am simply pleased to have new music from this band and I'll give it time and space. Is it 'classic' Yes? No of course it isn't. Is it still Yes though? Just listen the arrangements, the lyrical nonsense, and that voice.... Of course it's Yes. And it wouldn't be any better with a certain Mr Anderson....

Actually, you know what 'Heaven and Earth' most reminds me of? It sounds like a Jon Anderson solo album! And there's nothing wrong with that.....
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ben Wheeler on 28 July 2014
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I have some shock news for some Yes fans - it may not be easy to take but here it is... It's not 1972. What's more it's not 1977 either. There's no point pining for Close to the Edge 2 or Going for the One (again). It's 2014. The band is not going to sound like it did in the 1970s, these are not guys in their 20's - with the exception of Jon Davison - they are all in their late 60's.

Personally, I would rather Yes create new music than continually live on past glories as a live act. I don't want to hear Siberian Khatru yet again - but I can accept that many fans do and ticket sales don't lie. So given that today's Yes is mainly a 1970s back catalogue touring act - the promise of new material is intriguing. You might wonder 'why bother' as new Yes material never seems to survive in a live set-list for more than one tour. Perhaps, as musicians they want to show that they can still cut it, haven't run out of ideas and are not, despite their live shows, a band stuck in a time warp. But is the new material any good?

The reviews of Heaven and Earth have been far more mixed than for Fly From Here which was generally well received - despite the re-cycling of Drama era material. Although only three years later, Heaven and Earth has a very different feel for two main reasons - the input of new vocalist Jon Davison who co-wrote almost every track and, the absence of Trevor Horn behind the desk - replaced by Roy Thomas Baker. So, let's discuss the songs, and then the production.

I won't go through every song - there are many other reviews that do that perfectly well. The key thing for me is, does this new album sound like a Yes album? Does it, even without Jon Anderson, capture the 'spirit of Yes'? It definitely does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Dixon on 11 Jan. 2015
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Almost full marks to the new line up of Yes for a very positive return to form. Relatively easy-listening, and accessible for Yes, making full use of the strengths of Jon Davison's voice and vocal harmonies with Chris Squire and Steve Howe.
With Jon Anderson effectively retired, Yes needed a vocalist who could reproduce Anderson's sound as closely as possible. Jon D at times sounds like Jon A's identical twin, and the voice could have been cloned, particularly on "Step Beyond". At other times there are echoes reminiscent of Art Garfunkel (opening of To Ascend), a reminder of one of the key original influences of Yes in the 1960s. Musically the sound is a continuum of the previous album, albeit with a slower rhythm, and Squire's bass less prominent. There are agreeable licks from Steve Howe - but not reaching his traditional stratospheric speeds. Alan White and Geoff Downes continue ably in support. Overall the sound is bright and optimistic, with echoes of long-distant "Fragile" - this album feels like a rejuvenation. Like all the best Yes albums it does grow on you with repeated replaying, with lots of musical and lyrical hooks.
So far so good. Any criticism? Well as ever, the Yes lyrics do sometimes seem to be cut and paste cliched nonsense, but by now we should have accepted this tradition! Is there a bad track? - Possibly the opening bars of "In A World Of Our Own" feel like a tired band going through the motions with tired lyrics, but even this develops into a harmonious whole. Could have been worse. I still remember Tormato! By the way the CD package is superb - a gatefold CD with superb Roger Dean artwork and lyric booklet.
Overall I'm delighted. When are you touring the UK?
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