returned to the 90125
lineup of Jon Anderson
, Trevor Rabin
, Chris Squire
, Tony Kaye
and Alan White
, they recorded Talk
, the first new Yes
album since the debacle of Union
. There's a new label (yet again) and a new logo (a colorfully blobby thing by Peter Max.) The nice thing is that there's a new attitude powering the band, and a few surprises hidden away in the songs. This is definitely Yes
, and a Yes
with a history, but there's no sense of either trying to overcome the past or recreate it. Everything's nicely blended in, in fact, giving the album a great deal of muscle. There are moments on this album strongly reminiscent of Yes
music all the way back to the first album -- "I Am Waiting," particularly. That Tony Kaye
sticks entirely to Hammond organ helps immensely with that impression; that Jon Anderson
is singing better than he has in years also fits into that.
This album is fun and extremely well done, it does a good job of balancing the urge for a bit of bum-shaking with instrumental pyrotechnics, and it sounds as though everyone had a good time making it. It also has some really nifty songs that stick in the mind, from the opening "The Calling" to the closing 16-minute "Endless Dream."