Picks and Pans Review: Open Your Eyes
No! Polyester and paisley are one thing. But do we really need this freeze-dried pop relic, perfectly preserved? For dyed-in-spandex fans only, this album signals the latest resurgence of one of those '70s juggernaut-size bands that made many pop fans thankful to see the 1980s arrive. Having indulged their own and various splinter-group projects over the years, leader Jon Anderson and his friends have regrouped to record this studio album of vaguely mystical anthems. As before, the group's lyrics track like promotional copy for a 1970s self-help guru: "Looking for the solution/ You hold the key deep inside/ Set yourself free." Nor have the Yes-men misplaced their penchant for crescendo rock arrangements featuring synthesized orchestration, pealing guitars and a fondness for singing in unison but not in harmony. Imagine a multitude of high-register Graham Nash clones hitting all the same notes at the same time, and you get the idea. (Beyond Music)
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