07 March 2006

Blast from the Past

Here's an old CD review that turned out well, I think.


Progressive rock superheroes Yes underwent a radical transformation when they regrouped in 1983. Hooking up with wunderkind guitarist Trevor Rabin, Yes largely abandoned the lengthy instrumental passages that made them famous in favor of a more streamlined, radio-friendly approach. The results: 90215, their highest charting album ever, and its accompanying #1 Billboard smash, “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” While Trevor Horn’s totally ‘80s production flourishes haven’t aged well, the underlying songcraft more than compensates on tunes like “Hold On,” “Leave It” and “It Can Happen.” The new, expanded version also features detailed liner notes, remastered sound and six bonus tracks. To the relief of Yes purists, the end of the Reagan years saw the group returning to their art rock roots, but 90215 is a sparkling – if atypical – jewel in their catalog.

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