Thursday, February 11, 2010

Found Links: 3/5 Yes continue to get positive reviews

Ah yes, 3/5 Yes. Featuring son Oliver Wakeman and random Canadian Benoit David. You know how much I love reading these mainstream reviews. They always seem so surprised that Yes aren't quite a bunch of useless washed up geezers like The Who seem to be (shudders at Super Bowl halftime show). Steve Howe really tends to make these critics do a double take. They kinda forget he's always kinda looked liked a walking skeleton of a man. Sure he looks older and greyer, but if anything his playing only gets better with age. Today I'll share two reviews with you all. First from the Boston Herald and then from The Republican.

Yes, they can -
“Heart of the Sunrise” and “And You & I” came with their graceful tunes, dramatic soft-to-loud shifts, and David, Howe and Squire nailing the essential three-part harmonies. For fans there were a few rarely played numbers, including the ballad “Onward” and two from 1980’s “Drama” (the only Yes album that didn’t include Anderson). Another rarity, “South Side of the Sky,” sported a tricky, a cappella-like midsection and built to a guitar/synthesizer exchange between Howe and Wakeman: a grand, very Yes-like moment.

Yes proves it's no Tribute Act -
 The latter track was one of several in which the thin and professorial Howe mesmerized the throng, locking into thick power riffs with his rhythm section, later spinning just as easily through highly intricate quieter sections. He played various stringed instruments, including pedal steel guitar on a very melodic "And You and I," sparkled on a couple of brief acoustic guitar solo instrumentals, and frequently locked in with Wakeman for perfectly synchronized spins such as during "Machine Messiah."

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