The album is probably better than H&E on the whole, cus there were some really bone-headed tracks on H&E and this album probably has mildy higher highs, but it's just SO forgettable. Like you could put it on in the background just to have some nice-sounding vaguely proggy vibes. Howe produced the album which was a FAR better call than Roy Thomas Baker. So at least that's a plus. But even still it's BARELY a Yes album, at least H&E had Squire. Losing him removed an irreplaceable part of the band's personality, and there is nothing filling the void. Howe tries, but he simply can't do it alone. So this just sounds like a second-rate Asia album, and Asia were already second-rate Yes. So maybe I should call this their worst album just out of spite for forcing me to listen to what amounts to an Asia album against my will.
I'll probably make it to 3 listens on this out of duty as a Yes fan, but I don't think I'll be wasting much time on this after that. If you want a good Yessy modern prog album Transatlantic's newest record has been hitting the spot for me lately, I'd recommend that one.
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