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Heaven & Earth

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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00JQHON74
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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HEAVEN & EARTH is the first YES album featuring new singer Jon Davison along with bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes and follows on the heels of the successful and acclaimed 2011 release, Fly From Here. The new album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cars, Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick etc.)

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116 of 139 people found the following review helpful
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Short version:
Yes, this album is good. No, it doesn't sound like any Yes album before. If you can adjust to its widely varying styles, ranging from intelligent 60s pop, 70s prog, 80 rock, and even ballads and blues, you'll find a wealth of music to enjoy in its own right. Yes, it's more laid back and less frantic than your Yes brain expects; this will cause much consternation at first (see negative reviews elsewhere), but the quality of the songs wins out in the end. It's more pop than rock, more Moody Blues than Yes, and way more spiritual than not. The new singer-songwriter Jon Davison is very talented and it is a must that you listen to his work with Glass Hammer to realize the full extent of his artistry in a properly unhinged progressive rock context. (Start with the album IF.)
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As one of the earliest reviews for Yes' new album Heaven and Earth stated, I should also confess straight up that Yes is my favorite band. The Beatles might seem an easier choice, and a cooler choice would be some new "art rock" obsession like Sigur Ros or Sufjan Stevens, but when it comes down to it, my psyche is too linked up to 70s Yes music for it to be much of a contest. A lot of this has to do with the timing of my spiritual awakening in 1976 (literally while listening to "To Be Over"), right near the end of progrock's run as the artsy college kids favorite band. As my brain scrambled to figure out what it meant to be a spiritual being after years of hostile cynicism, Yes seemed to me to be virtual gospel music already sitting in my lap in the form of album covers and tour programs immersed in art and philosophy. Open-ended and vague lyrics, emotional as heck, and drenched in the literature of the counterculture, they were everyone's favorite band to talk about.
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75 of 94 people found the following review helpful
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Yes have more than earned their right to make whatever type of album they would like. As a life long fan I have enjoyed all of them, (some more than others no doubt but I wouldn't give any of their other recordings less than 3 stars - Open Your Eyes would get a "3" rating from me and that's mostly a critique of the production itself, not the songwriting), and I am sincerely grateful for Yes' creative contribution to the world of music(!) That being said, this latest offering contains very very little of anything that I, for one, would hope for in Yes album. There is little to no 'rock' here and frankly there isn't that much that one would call 'progressive', either in a modern/contemporary sense or in a 1970's heyday musical sensibility . With the exception of Subway Walls the songs are largely all of mid to low tempo with meandering melodies and fairly simple rhythmic structures. The rhythmic simplicity is really quite suprising and disappointing. Yes have always been known for an engaging and usually quite complex interplay between layers of melody, dynamic rhythmic arrangements and, at times, elements of moderately aggressive rock. There is very little of that here. What is especially disappointing is that this album comes on the heels of the generally well received "Fly From Here", which I certainly found to be an exciting addition to Yes' collection. When Fly From Here was released I was quite proud to see that Yes had put such strong material out in the sunset of their career. Unfortunately I cannot say the same thing for Heaven & Earth. If this is the album that Yes wanted to put out then I am happy for them. As a listener, however, I am almost completely unegaged by this recording.
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Yes has always produced pretty music. Soon, To be Over, Nous Sommes Du Soleil, Turn of the Century all immediately come to mind. In fact, the opening track, Believe Again, sounds like it was extensively cribbed from To Be Over. The first seven titles on this recording are all in that vein. All of Yes' pretty moments served as a tonic following a full sensory assault. Soon was the sunrise after a midnight of war. Nous Somme cleansed the palette after Ritual. Turn of the Century followed a sizzling Going for the One. To Be Over was a counterweight to a frantic Sound Chaser. Unfortunately, none of those defining kinetic moments are to be found here. That's a real let down.

This album so earnestly tries to be agreeable it seems almost mean to be critical. Fans hoping new vocalist Jon Davison would bring some fresh air will probably be the most disappointed. Curiously, Davison's other band, Glass Hammer, can have some real cutting edge moments. Compositionally, you'll be left wondering where those chops went.

What Yes has done here is take an EP's worth of material and stretched it out over 50 minutes. Although each track has at least one redeeming moment, easily half of these songs could have been dropped to no ill effect.

The idea behind Progressive rock is that in its finest moments it stretches boundaries. Most of the material here doesn't look forward but comfortably parks on the side of the road to take a long look in the rear view mirror. For all its indulgences, Bartok would have smiled at Tales of Topographic Oceans. As it stands, Heaven and Earth atmospherically conjures images of Lee Ritenour in his Captain Fingers period -- but not quite so upbeat. The typical prog and Yes idioms in these tracks sound terribly dated and stale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A faint echo of the Three Albums Tour
If you caught them live (and I got to see four shows of the 3 Albums Tour) or have seen any of the many YouTube videos from that tour or the current one, then you know that these... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Ralph Saunders
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. They just don't care any more.
Not being one of the "No Jon Anderson/No Yes" camp, and one who liked Drama, and Fly From Here, I looked forward to this record, somewhat. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by J. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
I've been a yes fan for 30 years. I've seen them in concert pre-90125 (YES) more than 3 times. I love this. Music can be quite personal, yet universal. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Nlmacq
1.0 out of 5 stars Heaven & Earth But Really Hell
This is the worst thing that's ever happened to my ears. I have every Yes album & nearly every solo album and have been a fan since my young self discovered them in 1988. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Joshua Ruppert
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes without Jon Anderson - BLAH
Why they aren't using Jon Anderson just baffles the mind. I saw Anderson in concert last year and his voice is as amazing as always. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by LynneSin
4.0 out of 5 stars The Softer Side of Yes
There are many opinions out there on this latest release by the ever changing lineup collectively known as 'Yes'. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Christopher J. Kupczyk
1.0 out of 5 stars most boring Yes album ever
Boring ... not even worth discussing. If this album was soup, it would be campbell soup. Where is Jon an Rick!!!!
Published 1 day ago by Angel Muñoz
1.0 out of 5 stars ... cd heaven and earth very well may be the worst yes songs i've ever...
this yes cd heaven and earth very well may be the worst yes songs i've ever heard ,cut one ,seven and eight are the only ones I could even listen to , davison sounded better live... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joseph D'Angelo jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars All Earth, No Heaven
Like most of the other reviewers here, I'm a massive Yes fan having bought all the albums in several different formats ranging from Vinyl to remastered Imports. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Grateful Jerry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Awful, Just Not Very Good
This CD isn't awful, it is just not very good. It makes me wonder why Steve Howe chose Yes over Asia because this new Yes album is in many ways a mediocre Asia album. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Alb
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The Angels weep
I can see this view of "No Anderson = No "Yes", but since the Anderson-less Yes is the only one touring, I actually went and saw them last year. I'm a drummer and big fan of Alan White and of Squire and Howe too, so while I would have much preferred to have had Anderson aboard, he... Read More
Jun 3, 2014 by zlh67 |  See all 64 posts
This is not YES.
Actually, Rick is the keyboard player on Tormato. The band was actually working on a studio album after Tormato which was to be produced by Roy Thomas Baker (this new album's producer). Both Jon and Rick walked during the the recording sessions leaving Chris, Steve and Alan with studio time and... Read More
May 31, 2014 by Grateful Jerry |  See all 46 posts
Preview? Steve Howe?
In three interviews Howe has referred to the album as "very bright" sounding. To me, this could mean something very good or something very bad. I did not really enjoy Fly From Here(there some good moments), but I would rather they experiment within the "Yes-sound", similar to... Read More
May 27, 2014 by Rhinebeck |  See all 52 posts
To the "no Jon Anderson, no Yes" crowd:
And "Into the Storm" was best song on Fly From Here. It was also the only fully collaborative one. Hopefully the new album will have more like these.
May 30, 2014 by Scooper12 |  See all 13 posts
If you have Squire and Howe, you have Yes!
I mostly agree, but the two you could never do without in a Yes line-up are Squire and White. I love every member's contribution, though you could still be sans Howe or Anderson(Drama is a personal fave and the Howe-less eras provided some great material - a flashy Rabin or a jazzy Peter Banks,... Read More
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