Yes
Big Generator


1.0
awful

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
January 30th, 2011 | 27 replies | 10,574 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If 90125 found Yes on the good side of 80's pop, Big Generator finds them on the bad side.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Yes completely revamped their sound in the 80’s, reforming their line-up with new guitarist Trevor Rabin, original keyboardist Tony Kaye, and of course the return of their trademark voice, Jon Anderson. 90125, blasted off by its big hit single Owner of a Lonely Heart, was an enormous success, and not just commercially. The record proved that a progressive band could give in to commercial pressure and still make an album with a certain artistic value. 90125 was, undeniably, a fully cheesy pop affair, though one which found itself on the good side of 80’s pop. Its follow-up, Big Generator, recorded in a long and tedious process, and eventually released 4 years after its predecessor, found itself on the opposite side.

Where 90125 contained inspired melodies and clever use of production techniques, Big Generator is dull and uninspired, containing none of the saving graces that made the album before it much more than just a cheesy pop record. At the opening point of Rhythm of Love, which’ title should predict well enough what it approximately sounds like, Big Generator is already a step down, though the song itself is bearable. Afterwards, it experiences a deep plunge. The title track was forged from the same mould as Owner of a Lonely Heart, seemingly a blatant attempt to recreate the same success, although it never was released as a single. The six/seven-minute lengths of Shoot High, Aim Low, Final Eyes and I’m Running are an utterly failed attempt to keep some of the group’s progressive roots intact, and make an already tedious release even worse, while the overly commercial attempt Love Will Find a Way (in an already commercial record) and idiotic titling of Holy Lamb (Song For Harmonic Convergence) put the final nail in the coffin, dragging Yes’ twelfth into the deepest reaches of musical oblivion.

To be both blunt and fair, Big Generator is Yes trying to recreate 90125 and failing miserably. Pure pop could only work once for them, seemingly doomed to succeed twice. In the coming years, the band would continually try to pick themselves up, attempting to reach former heights, resulting in some so-so and some decent albums. One thing is certain: past the point of their first 80’s album, the band lost all sorts of real relevancy, starting with this, the most shameful thing that could ever carry the name Yes.

Big Generator’s Yes was:

- John Roy Anderson ~ Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
- Trevor Charles Rabin ~ Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Keyboards
- Christopher Russell Squire ~ Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Anthony John Selvidge ~ Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Synthesizers
- Alan White ~ Drums, Percussion


TO BE CONTINUED...




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Nagrarok
January 30th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not going to devote more than three paragraphs to this pile of garbage.

DoubtGin
January 30th 2011



6748 Comments


ouch

Jethro42
January 30th 2011



12381 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Duran Duran >>> Big Generator
Big Generator = Trever Rabin's ''project (read Cinema) II'' (doing 'everything' to please the record label and garnish the wallets)
Big Generator = Big Money = Fail
Yes = What a shame
Excellent negative review Nag, really. 2nd paragraph is full of win.

Nagrarok
January 30th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks Jethro, I had a much easier time writing this than most of the reviews I've done in a while.

Nagrarok
January 30th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Why thank you sonic, you often comment but almost never pos.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2011



28369 Comments


you severely overstate the difference between this and 90125

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Nagrarok
January 30th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@sonic: That would be most douchey.

@academy: It's impossible not to.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2011



28369 Comments


they're both sufficiently dreadful imo...

Nagrarok
January 30th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well obviously if you find 90125 dreadful there's not going to be much difference between that and this for you.

LepreCon
January 30th 2011



3801 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cannot for the life of me remember listening to this even though I have it rated a 2...

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

Nagrarok
January 30th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The answer is obvious Conor...

it is highly unmemorable.

Zion
January 30th 2011



812 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually thought this album was decent. But then again, I love most of what Yes has done. Holy Lamb is one of my favorite album closers, too.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2011



7163 Comments


Excellent review Nag, as always. I particularly enjoy learning about music through your in-depth and very simple commentary. Have a pos.

Ovrot
January 30th 2011



10486 Comments


Yes?
On this album more like No.

lolololol

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

mallen-
January 30th 2011



1235 Comments


Negative Nag. I like it.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2011



28369 Comments


I particularly enjoy learning about music through your in-depth and very simple commentary.


reads like an insult but its not

Ire
February 14th 2011



41753 Comments


such a great band. ugh such a shit album


just read this while listening to close to the edge : (


Nagrarok
February 14th 2011



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

just read this while listening to close to the edge : (


Good, that will remind you how completely awesome Yes once was.

Jethro42
November 28th 2011



12381 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is no yes

Jethro42
November 28th 2011



12381 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's the more generous he can be.



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