The Yes Album
Review by Josh Turner
This marks the third album from this first class group. Its recording predates the membership of the legendary Rick Wakeman, who ultimately joined late in the tour of this album. While this might appear to be a huge drawback in the studio, the album is quite strong. The keyboard chops are handled instead by the masterful Tony Kaye. His contributions are bubbly, bouncy, and bountiful. Jon Anderson's youthful voice is at its finest. He started the technique of sustained falsetto long before Justin Hawkins from The Darkness. Chris Squire's bass-playing style is decades beyond anyone else. Steve Howe's guitar licks are wacky, yet precise. Bill Bruford plays with finesse. When you come down to it, they are all awesome here.