Bruce Eder: ‘A decade after their last studio release, Yes has issued Fly from Here, and it’s not only a keeper, but as good as any record to come from the group since 1974. Consisting here of Chris Squire (bass, vocals), Steve Howe (guitars, vocals), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), and Benoit David (lead vocals), and with Trevor Horn producing, an obvious connection can be made between this album and 1980’s Drama. But Fly from Here is a long way from that earlier album, even if the songs do possess a good deal of drama. Downright urgency is closer to it. Benoit David may not have Jon Anderson’s range, but he makes up for it with deep expressiveness; and that, coupled with virtuoso-level playing and wonderfully elegant mixing of the vocals, allows this album to stand alongside the group’s best work of the last 35 years….., Yes – Fly From Here does, at times, remind one of the best moments of Tales from Topographic Oceans. Lyrics like “Dreaming, seeing you there” lofting gently over thin, silky sheets of sound, can sweep the listener away, and that’s only one of the moments where the group’s unique elements take hold. Fans of Howe’s playing will also not be disappointed: his electric guitars are represented in complex, intense layers, but his acoustic work isn’t shorted, providing quietly gorgeous openings to about a third of the material here. His “Hour of Need” is the most genial acoustic ballad that this group has delivered since “Your Move” on The Yes Album, 40 years ago. It’s followed by “Solitaire,” possibly the finest solo guitar piece we may ever hear from Howe on a Yes album. And it all closes with the rollicking “Into the Storm,” all electric and all cylinders pumping, and, ironically, the least interesting track on the album.’

 

Yes – Fly From Here Tracklist
1. Fly From Here
  Overture (0:00)
  Part 1: Fly From Here (1:53)
  Part 2: Sad Night At The Airfield (7:54)
  Part 3: Madman At The Screens (14:35)
  Part 4: Bumpy Ride (19:51)
  Part 5: We Can Fly Reprise (22:06)
2. The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be (23:51)
3. Life On A Film Set (28:59)
4. Hour Of Need (34:00)
5. Solitaire (37:07)
6. Into The Storm (40:37)

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