Yes – Big Generator (1987) (@256)
19 Oct 2007
(Review from wikipedia, progarchives.com)
A laborious album to make, Big Generator’s sessions dragged on for two years. Interpersonal problems chiefly between Squire and Anderson kept the album from timely completion.Ultimately Rabin took a hand in its final production which led to creative differences. Rabin was aiming to progress beyond 90125, while founding lead vocalist Jon Anderson was beginning to yearn for more traditional Yes music.
The result was an album that was successful commercially and critically, birthing two hits in the process. Many see this as a disappointing album by Yes, and its easy to understand why. The music is far removed from the band’s early work. In place of the lengthy progressive compositions we have an almost AOR sound, closer to the music of say Styx or Toto.
It’s therefore essential before listening to this album to put any preconceptions aside, and hear it as if you were unaware who it was by. It is a little difficult to do it as Jon Anderson’s distinctive voice is of course still present.
There’s a freshness and energy here which had been lacking from recent albums by Yes, they seem here to be genuinely enjoying themselves. Most of the tracks have a pace and urgency to them which had been missing from “Tormato” and “90125″.
Songs such as “Rhythm of Love” and “Love will find a way” are simply structured as little more than melodic pop rock pieces, and even the longer “I’m running” is hardly challenging. This however is the beauty of the album, it’s stark simplicity, this album is Fun with a capital F. When things do slow down, such as on “Shoot high, aim low”, the power is turned up, only the final “Holy lamb” stands alone as a more traditional Jon Anderson led softer piece.
If you’re looking for “Close to the edge” or “Yours is no disgrace”, you won’t find anything like that here. What you will find is high quality melodic rock.
- Jon Anderson / vocals
- Chris Squire / bass and vocals
- Tony Kaye / keyboards
- Alan White / drums
- Trevor Rabin / guitars and vocals
01. Rhythm Of Love (4:49)
02. Big Generator (4:31)
03. Shoot High Aim Low (7:59)
04. Almost Like Love (5:58)
05. Love Will Find A Way (4:48)
06. Final Eyes (6:20)
07. I’m Running (7:34)
08. Holy Lamb (Song For Harmonic Convergence) (3:15)
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