Yes
Tormato


2.5
average

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2010 | 37 replies | 10,369 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Flawed in direction and production, Tormato turned out to be Yes' first misstep.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Moving from albums with few, vast songs to a somewhat more streamlined approach, Going for the One signalled that Yes was about to move away from their mid-70s’ classics at the end of the decade. For one more album, the classic Yes line-up managed to stick together. Tormato, released in ’78, bore a Hipgnosis cover like its predecessor, and was the band’s final record for the decade. And even with the classic formation intact, it could not be saved from being the group’s worst up to that point.

For the first time since their second effort Time and a Word, a Yes album featured no less than 8 proper tracks; the transition to pop is becoming very clear at this point with the generally reduced lengths. The only real epic is closer On the Silent Wings on Freedom, not unsurprisingly the standout moment here. Clocking at a 'mere' 8 minutes, it’s similar in length to the three major moments on Fragile, but features in no sense the intensity or changing nature of these. Nevertheless, it remains a great highlight on an otherwise dreary affair. Tormato’s production is dull and flat, taking away the energy the band had definitely shown to possess in the past. Squire’s otherwise crunchy bass work, for example, remains absent until the aforementioned last track, where the listener is finally reminded of his actual presence.

There’s nothing on Tormato that can be truly condemned (perhaps Don’t Kill the Whale, with it’s horrible-sounding synthesizers and Anderson’s calls of ‘dig it’, comes closest), but the whole presents itself as a rather lifeless affair with a serious lack of good ideas. Some tracks, like Future Times/Rejoice and Release, Release aren’t off to a bad start, but simply can’t seem to create any momentum. Others feature portions of nonsense: Anderson’s decision to bring in his kid to do vocals on Circus on Heaven only annoys, and simply doesn’t make any sense. Tormato’s direction is its biggest flaw.

It is to say, this album isn’t nearly as bad as some of the post-90125 Yes works. While there are good, even characteristic ideas here, they are all too often muddled with bad ones. The potential was still there, but the band just couldn’t put it out into great music at this point. Tormato is Yes’ first failure.

Tormato’s Yes was:

- John Roy Anderson ~ Lead Vocals, Percussion, Guitar
- Stephen James Howe ~ Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals
- Christopher Russell Squire ~ Bass Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals
- Richard Christopher Wakeman ~ Piano, Organ, Synthesizers
- Alan White ~ Drums, Percussion


TO BE CONTINUED...




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Nagrarok
December 23rd 2010



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My loyal Yes readers, this is Nag's last review of 2010. He wishes you all a merry Christmas and a very happy 2011.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010



7136 Comments


Good stuff Nag. Have a (temporary) farewell's pos. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too - I look forward to hearing from you again next year.

Jethro42
December 23rd 2010



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Progressive music is hard to create in a REgressive chemistry. Tensions within the band were more than ever hard to contain. Musically, there is good potential to make a somewhat great album here. The first downside I see is the melodies departement that could use a little work. Anderson's vocals are top shape, but largely uninspired. Melodies are sometimes that embarassing at the point that Squire seems to volontary neglect the vocal harmonies they've always been famous for. Lots of parts should have stayed instrumental imo.

It's not surprising that Anderson (and Wakeman, who couldn't even conceive Yes without Jon) left no long after Tormato was completed. Also, Howe was becoming increasingly frustrated with Wakeman's dominance in the overall sound. Etcetera. Follower album Drama proved to be a fiery comeback of Yes. With no Anderson (visibly exhausted) neither Wakeman.
What a drama.
Good review! Happy Holydays, best wishes.

EVedder27
December 23rd 2010



6088 Comments


Pos. Merry Christmas Nag

Donchivo
January 6th 2011



404 Comments


I am aware of repeating myself but once again great review Nag!
this is the only 70s yes album i didn't even hear a bit off and this review makes me feel that it is no mistake to keep tormato down in my priority list

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Nagrarok
January 6th 2011



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks, also for last year's comments ;)

Yeah, this is the only 70's Yes album that is not worth listening to.

KILL
April 27th 2012



70462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

rockin

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Jethro42
April 27th 2012



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Best album ever

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hate squires bass sound on this

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first 1000 original vinyls had a real tomato on squashed on cover

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes it got all sticky and covered in fluff

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well if you want to check if its the special edition lick the cover

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it will taste all tomatoey

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fksake man u didnt actually believe me did u

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hahahaha

NationalMidnightStar
December 26th 2012



176 Comments


this is prob the only yes album boone likes

jesuslover46
December 26th 2012



578 Comments


nah he digs big generator

NationalMidnightStar
December 27th 2012



176 Comments


haha

jesuslover46
December 27th 2012



578 Comments


yes jokes

dannyboy89
March 5th 2013



11903 Comments


I'm hearing this and I'm enjoying it so far.



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