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Fly From Here

a Studio release

Release Year: 2011

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Frontiers Records (June release in Japan, July release worldwide)
Fly From Here is the first new YES studio release in 10 years (since 2001's release Magnification).
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 5/24/2011 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/2/2011 11:37:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Fly From Here
    • - Overture (1:54)
    • - Pt. I - We Can Fly (6:01)
    • - Pt. II - Sad Night at the Airfield (6:41)
    • - Pt. III - Madman at the Screens (5:16)
    • - Pt. IV - Bumpy Ride (2:15)
    • - Pt. V - We Can Fly Reprise (1:45)
  2. The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be (5:08)
  3. Life on a Film Set (5:01)
  4. Hour of Need (3:07)
  5. Solitaire (3:30)
  6. Into The Storm (6:54)
Steve Howe
guitar, vocals
Chris Squire
bass, vocals
Alan White
Geoff Downes
David Benoît
lead vocals
Trevor Horn
vocals, producer

Reviewed by MichelF on 27 Jul 2011

Yes is still alive and well, and I confess that I was surprise a little having been put down by their latest recording. In that sense, my expectations were very low. But surprisingly, the latest edition of this founding band of progressive rock has produced a very solid and enjoyable album. Fly From Here is not a masterpiece, but it contains many worthy pieces. And I love the voice of Benoit David, less high pitched than the voice of Jon Anderson . This CD reminded me of the album Drama, that I enjoyed a long time ago, or so it seems.

The title track divided in many parts is certainly exquisite. From the "Overture" which creates an interesting ambiance, the tune unfolds quite nicely with "We Can Fly", but reaches a high, on the emotional scale, with "Sad Night At The Airfield" which is a superb ballad, for now my favorite on this CD. Then, "Madman At The Screens" offer us a more solid progressive rock stance always true to the theme. "Bumpy Ride" composed by Steve Howe is short and beautiful as a bumpy transition. The finale "We Can Fly Reprise" which, of course, revisited the main theme, closes nicely this piece. All in all, this is an excellent composition that proves the band could still rock. So goes the first half of this CD. The second part of this album didn't thrilled me at the same level, but is quite good nevertheless.

"The Man You Always Wanted To Be" composed by Squire is correct, but sounded, well, a little dated. But it could work well for someone else, I may need to listen to it a little bit more to appreciate it fully. "Life On A Film Set" is a tune in the Drama mould that I like very much, a real ticket down memory lane. The compositions of the duo Downes/Horn are by far the best on this album. "Hour Of Need" is a neat pop sounding track by Howe. "Solitaire" is a classical acoustic guitar piece . "Into The Storm" composed by Allan White and the band closes on a fun and upbeat tune.

This CD is a must for all Yes fans, but also for those who love mellow and nostalgic progressive rock. If you are found of metal or hard neoprog, vroom away from it. For myself, I will continue to listen carefully to it, because I am an old nostalgic fool...

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