It’s been ten years since the last studio album from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yes[/lastfm]. The legendary progressive rock band is now working without vocalist Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, but their sound remains as iconic as ever.
Fly From Hereis, in typical [lastfm]Yes[/lastfm] fashion, grandiose. The record opens with its namesake: first an overture, then a five-part epic that immediately reminds fans everywhere why they first fell in love with this band.
But impressive songwriting only takes music so far, and grandeur for the sake of grandeur is an ailment most progressive rock bands have suffered at some point in their careers. “Life on a Film Set” and “Into The Storm” encompass the vintage [lastfm]Yes[/lastfm] sound, but many songs stray too far afield that newcomers might find questionable.
Despite changes, departures and setbacks, Fly From Here proves [lastfm]Yes[/lastfm] is just as musically (and technically) proficient as the group has been during the past 40 years. With nearly 50 million albums sold, a history of influential songs, and inimitable talent, [lastfm]Yes[/lastfm] once again redefines what it means to write rock music…in a way only this band could.
[lastfm]Yes[/lastfm] – Fly From Here (Frontiers)
Street Date: July 12th
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1. Fly from Here – Overture
2. Fly from Here – Pt I – We Can Fly
3. Fly from Here – Pt II – Sad Night at the Airfield
4. Fly from Here – Pt III – Madman at the Screens
5. Fly from Here – Pt IV – Bumpy Ride
6. Fly from Here – Pt V – We Can Fly (reprise)
7. The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be
8. Life on a Film Set
9. Hour of Need
11. Into the Storm