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on 18 June 2012
...This is my Soundtrack for the Summer.
No, of course it's not Voyage of the Acolyte meets Fish Out of Water, as others have rightly implied. Those styles were 37 years ago. More like Hackett's recent albums, with the solid Roger King programming influence - which personally I like, it gives the tracks form. And if you've heard Squire's solo vocal (The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be) - which I thought was a standout track - from last year's Yes album Fly From Here, you'll get the idea.
This is not heavy, intense prog, by any means. It's upbeat, it lifts the spirits. Both Messrs Squire and Hackett have remarried in recent years, so perhaps there is a certain middle-aged contentment that serves as an undercurrent to keep these tracks rocking along most appealingly. And why not? There are Many Sides to the Day.
I've always liked Squire vocals, and Hackett's vocals have improved with age and experience. But it's as if you get three varieties of lead vocal on this album. Each of the latter, plus when they combine (assisted by Steve's sister-in-law on bv's, quite right too) it's like a whole new entity that sounds distinct in its own right - 'Mr Squackett' perhaps.
And let's not forget the utterly delicious lead guitar flourishes of Mr Hackett to add a dash of inventiveness, and the exquisitely seasoned tone of Mr Squire's bass - every note pure quality.
Tasteful booklet design from the meticulous Phil Smee, however I wouldn't have said no to a Roger Dean cover - but that's soon fixed thanks to google and a decent colour printer (whoops).
This is one album review that can definitely conclude with the word... Enjoy.