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Hardly a must-have, but pleasant listening.
on 14 September 2011
Survival & Other Stories proves Jon Anderson can still find new ways to musically express himself and musically progress from his departure from Yes.
Four years ago Anderson put an invitational advert on his website asking for musicians to send him samples of their music for possible collaborative work.
The results of those collaborations can now be heard on Survival & Other Stories.
The eleven songs featured on the album cover topics or carry themes relating to spirituality, healing, life and love.
Anderson found the creative process uplifting and perceives music as a healing energy, all of which helped him recover from a serious respiratory illness in 2008.
`New New World' is a bright, uplifting opening and as rocky as the album gets, but then this was never going to be a weighty, many layered prog collection of 15 minute epics. The songs, for the most part, are based around acoustic instrumentation, percussive backdrops and the instantly recognisable and still captivating Jon Anderson vocal.
The album also features a version of the beautiful piano & vocal piece `Just One Man,' originally recorded on The Living Tree, the singer's collaborative 2010 album with friend and ex-Yes prog partner Rick Wakeman.
Survival & Other Stories isn't any sort of classic nor is it a must-have album, but whether with Yes, Vangelis, Wakeman or basing solo albums around Celtic, native/ ancient American themes or new age music, Anderson usually has something interesting to say musically - and extremely listenable vocally.