Reason #327 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: 90125

yesIt’s time to give a little love to YES, circa 1983. Most notable for career reviver Owner Of A Lonely Heart, 90125 teleported Yes into the New Wave Decade with a roar, unlike most of their contemporaries who abdicated their jewel encrusted thrones/capes/pantaloons with a whimper. Of course much of the success is due to the production prowess of Trevor Horn, and the angular guitar of Trevor Rabin. This wasn’t your Daddy’s prog, but it was still very much a Yes album, primarily due to the recognizable vocals of Anderson, but never discounting the great bass playing of Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, whose virtuoso playing remains as fantastic as ever. The album’s compositions couldn’t have been further from their early ‘70’s heyday, either; only Hearts, and Changes, crack the 6 minute mark, and the songs here are definitely the most neophyte-friendly of their career. That’s not to say these are simple songs, as most are very carefully crafted and expertly executed…naturally with a band of this caliber.  People who can’t stand prog in general like this album, and for others (like me) it’s a gateway to explore the earlier stuff.

It may be pop, but it’s damn good pop.