What does it sound like?:
This is the new album by Jon Anderson original singer with Yes and Roine Stolt multi instrumentalist and leader of Sweden’s Flower Kings. The publicity says it is inspired by the likes of Olias Of Sunhillow and Topographic Oceans, the latter being one of Yes’ marmite albums, but to my mind one of their best even if it seemed a bit disappointing on release back in 74. So it does sound like Olias with lots of multi tracked vocals very high (too high) in the mix but with much better guitar courtesy of the very talented Roine, who is like a more tuneful Steve Howe. There are some spine tinglingly good bits. I thought it was all a bit samey, then realised my car hifi had one track on repeat, but even after resolving that issue, it is all a bit one paced. The main problem my dear is the lyrics. It’s all about knowing truth, dreams and even ley lines. At times he can’t fit the words into the music. He used to write bizarre lyrics that made no sense but somehow worked, now they are of the hippy b******s variety. New track is called We Are Truth. What does that even mean?
What does it all *mean*?
Musically it sounds lovely, there’s great guitar, good tunes, Jon sings superbly for a man of his age and if it was 1974 it would be a big big seller. What a shame nobody told Jon that his lyrics needed some editing.
Goes well with…
Some drugs, some tea lights, a time machine.
Might suit people who like…
Olias and other early Anderson solo albums, people who believe Yes IS Jon Anderson and haven’t liked Yes since Going For The One and don’t mind the lyrics being a bit on the twee side. Fans of Roine Stolt and The Flower Kings.