I have to say that I haven’t listened to a ‘new’ Yes album in years and this one, 'Fly From Here' is really enjoyable.
It is basically the old concept format that’s presented here, with ‘Fly From Here – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, etc …’
‘Fly From Here – Pt. 3 – Madman at the Screens’ starts with the by now familiar ‘Fly From Here’ general melody, but I have to say there are distinct Asia vibes to this track and yes, ‘Drama’ too. Mostly an up tempo number, with of course the typical prog interchanges you’d come to expect on any Yes album.
On ‘The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be,’ the vocal sounds a little different and since the product I have is pretty much lacking in details of the album’s performances, I’d guess the lead vocal is shared here. This track actually brings to mind ‘Going For The One’ era Yes, at least to me and takes a slightly different path from the previous six tracks here.
Next track ‘Hour of Need’ is a nice slow to mid paced acoustic driven number that sounds as strong as anything else here.
‘Into the Storm’ starts with some power chords and intricate fills and almost reminds me of The Cars for a moment then it picks up and yes, Yes kick in here!
Overall it is Yes, without any question and those out there saying, but it’s not Jon Anderson (!), really, give it a chance!
Rating: 4 out of 5
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