Picks and Pans Review: 90125

updated 01/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST


When people take film to be developed, they're asked whether the pictures should have a glossy or matte finish. Yes is a group that wants everything glossy. Less pompous and bombastic than it was in the '70s, Yes has bunched together enough taut energy, detail and rhythmic drive to propel a listener from one end of the album to the other. But lead singer Jon Anderson, like many supergroup vocalists, is a rock Adonis, self-consciously raking the heavens. The same goes for the band: It's skillful instrumentally, yet 90125 (the title is the disc-catalog number) imparts a sense of rock as high-tech pagan spectacle, with a killer instinct for the grandstand play. These qualities, and a modified funk beat, make something nifty of the hit single Owner of a Lonely Heart. The song is divided into sections, with interludes that sound like a deejay's segue into another piece of music. The song seems to be over, and then returns. The response to that track, anyway, is Yes, indeed.

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