- Audio CD (17 Mar. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Caroline International S&D
- ASIN: B00JQHON74
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- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Heaven & Earth
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Among the world s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, YES, is proud to announce its new album, Heaven and Earth. Contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as the YES sound. Heaven and Earth sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. Produced and Mixed by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.) Also on board is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the albums cover art and packaging.
Top Customer Reviews
I let it rest nearly a year, and came back to it recently. It's the strangest thing. I am now playing it on repeat, enjoying the company of one whom I had, a little rashly, misjudged.
Is it simply the big adjustment you have to make to a new lead vocalist, having loved legend Jon Anderson since the '70s, and come to like the Benoit, Fly From Here, album more recently? This is certainly Yes in mellow-mode. It is avowedly not Close the Edge mk 2, nor Going for the One mk 2, neither Fly From Here mk 2. It is Yes in their (mostly) pensionable age! Heck, if I was in my upper 60s I think I would want to take a reflective, laid-back approach to life and creativity, too.
I still wonder whether Jon Davison's voice needs some extra dynamic in the mix: maybe more reverb (think Turn of the Century), maybe double-tracked, or something radical like a female backing vocalist in that unusual Anderson-esque mezzo-soprano register (after all Alan White's band successfully, to my mind, pulled off some live Yes material with a girl lead vocalist). But the fact that Davison's finished vocal is rather plain, and you might say lacking power, gives it a very human, accessible, organic quality.
This is humble Yes. And perhaps they deserve a bravo for that. The 'Earth' aspect is an honest, straight-forward approachability in the songs. The 'Heaven' is... I am now realising, subtle; four virtuoso instrumentalists playing with a kind of restraint that perhaps only comes with advanced maturity.Read more ›
Too soon in my listening to it for a real analysis, but first impressions are of a really cohesive and incredibly melodic range of music. There are a few real old school Yes sounds and riffs - particularly from Steve Howe, a Moog and super Hammond solos from Geoff Downes, but the real highlight so far is the
Anderson-esque quality and intonation of Jon Davisons vocals. At times I really had to convince myself that it wasn't JA.
Just a shame that I didn't rush out in July 2014 and buy it!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is in no way the Yes of yesteryear (see what I did there!), but it is solidly decent for a twilight years album, albeit with little of the musical dexterity and invention... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lee Barron
Message to Yes: if you've forgotten the characteristic factors which make prog rock, like out-of-the-box creativity, please just retire. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul Forrest
This album is truly awful, had to stop myself from turning it off,in the hope that yes maybe hidden somewhere in the mix. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mr r.j.child