Despite the band’s uninspiring reputation, Yes’s albums were a critical and commercial success. Yessongs, a live album documenting shows from 1972, reached number 7 in the UK. The group sold out large venues after each album.
Yes’s latest studio album is a more conventional affair. It features bouncy rhythms and jangly acoustic guitars. It also features a reggae track.
The album’s cover photo features a human figure in a skyscraper. It’s not really a concept album, but rather a collection of five songs. There’s a nice little pedal steel guitar riff on the opener. It sounds like something out of a Led Zeppelin album.
The title track, a six-part 28-minute suite, has a nice, perky rhythm. It also contains a couple of long, explorative solos. There’s also an instrumental, “Roundabout,” which has a mantralike quality. The album is overall a good, solid rock record. It doesn’t stray too far from Yes’s roots, but it’s not a bad record at all.
“Walls” was written by Rabin and Roger Hodgson. It’s one of Yes’ most successful singles and was a big hit in the US. It reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The album’s biggest hit was “Lift Me Up.” It was also the Yes’ second-to-last number one single on the Billboard Hot Singles chart. It also went triple platinum.
The album also features “Survival,” a jazz-rock tune with high vocal harmonies. There’s also the classic “Heart Of The Sunrise,” a powerful Yes anthem.