Yes
Tormato


4.0
excellent

Review

by insectgarden USER (1 Reviews)
February 5th, 2008 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Reevaluated after 30 true summers passed.

Now here's an album that in my personal opinion is terribly underrated. I think with a band like Yes, since they made so many classic albums, each one is unfairly compared to their previous albums. The songs on "Tormato" are quite different than what might be considered their "classic" period. Gone are the extra long compositions, instead we get 8 concise tracks, with little to no filler. Here's a track by track review:

Future Times/Rejoice - Two songs in one, which flow together nicely. "Future Times" being more upbeat, almost majestic thanks to the always ostentatious Rick Wakeman. Chris Squire has such a unique tone on the whole of this album, utilising what I think is an Envelope Filter. Him and drummer Alan White have a nice rapport going on in this track while Steve Howe, much like Wakeman, is busing showing us how fast he can run up and down the neck of his guitar (his runs always brilliant to me). "Rejoice" doesn't really slow things down, but definitely closes things up with this track. A bit more straightfoward, but in Yes terms, that means "less complicated."

Don't Kill the Whale - The big single from this album, a very good rock n' roll song. Catchy as hell, very danceable (!) all with a very eco-friendly message. This is definitely of all the songs on this album, the one where Steve and Rick battle for solo space, and each one ripping it up.

Madrigal - Almost like an interlude, Rick's harpsichord is the centerpiece here, with some acoustic fills from Steve. Very classical sounding, effective in its shortness.

Release, Release - One of two standout tracks on this album. This is a blazing rocker, filled with great time changes, and even an Alan White drum solo (with somewhat misplaced crowd noise). Its structure is fairly straightfoward, but is very unrelenting in its power and tempo.

Arriving UFO - There is a short period where this album falters a bit, and this is the start of it. Not a bad song, per se, but overall it lacks in any real sort of structure, and meanders around a bit. Rick's keyboards and Steve's guitar somewhere in the middle section, get a bit "cheesy", but that's just my opinion. Not a bad track, but weaker against the others on this album.

Circus of Heaven - Now this, in my opinion, is a great misstep. A very child-like melody forms the basis of this song, and even Jon Anderson's young son makes an appearance at the end. A bit too winsome for my tastes.

Onward - Chris Squire's paean to his wife. This is probably the most straightforward love song Yes has ever written, complete with orchestral arrangement. The basis of the song is Squire's bass, again fed through some sort of filter, and Steve's muted arpeggios. This is a very effective track segueing into...

On the Silent Wings of Freedom - This is the other standout track on the album, beginning with Chris and Alan. Chris' bass has the envelope filter going front and center and Alan builds around his riff with some jazzy drumming. Steve and Rick slowly make their way around the song until Jon comes in and sets up the main melody. The rest of the song alternate through Jon's more contemplative verses to an upbeat chorus. I must mention that Squire's bass is absolutely FANTASTIC in this song, especially after the first chorus, into the second verse...stunning.

Overall, this is a great album. It has no doubt been overlooked considering all of the horrible press it has received by both critics and the band themselves. Now that 30 true summers have passed since its release, it's definitely time for reevaluation. While I would not consider starting here if you are new to Yes, its definitely a great, original sounding rock n' roll album from the 70's, back when rock n' roll really did mean something.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
McP3000
February 5th 2008


3984 Comments


get a new summary

Mendigo
February 5th 2008


2299 Comments


I don't like track-by-track reviews that much, I usually prefer a lot more background and comments about the album as a whole than stating which instrument plays on which song and where what kind of solo is. But don't get me wrong, I don't think it is a bad review.
I don't have any of Yes' late stuff and I'm always a bit careful with prog bands becoming more common. (Just think of Genesis, Pink Floyd, ELP, ...)

insectgarden
February 6th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its a good album, definitely worth checking out, but don't expect the classic, epic Yes sound

wrax
November 17th 2010


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

An album of two parts

Side 1 - I would rate as 4 out 5. First couple of tracks and Release are great (forget Madrigal).

Side 2 - only the Silent Wings of Freedom bears repeat play. I would be happy if I never hear Onward or Circus of Heaven ever again in my life (unless I'm drunk and I don't care!)

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first 4 cuts and final 2 are all more than worthy.......2.8 overall pffffft

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2017


15228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Closer to a 2.7 actually

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude i cant take you seriously when you have the ladder and fly from here rated higher than this.....and i'm not knocking those records

tcat84
April 14th 2017


1142 Comments


This album like a juicy steak, but someone drizzled melted cheese on top. The song quality is there, if this album was re-recorded and they removed most of the cheese it would be right up there with the second tier of Yes Albums (Going for the one, Drama, ect.)

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and fuck, keystudio only a 3????



And ok tcat, i can partner with that a bit

tcat84
April 14th 2017


1142 Comments


Pard'ner

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheese makes everything better.....well, sort of

tcat84
April 14th 2017


1142 Comments


Ok you're eating a delicious piece of Ice cream cake... and they smother some Arby's cheese on there... how bout now?

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

funny you should say that.....whenever i indulge in Arby's cheese, I tend to pepper it with a little ice cream cake

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and by the way, that hockey player in your profile pic....i wish he was on the Rangers

tcat84
April 14th 2017


1142 Comments


It would suit him cause he's already on the dark side... heyyoooo

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'suit him'



you did it without even trying

tcat84
April 14th 2017


1142 Comments


I can't believe how atrocious Heaven and Earth was. I really hope this version of the band just closes up shop

KILL
April 14th 2017


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fuck this

Titan
April 14th 2017


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KILL BRO EMBRACE THE GREATNESS



and heaven and earth wasn't as bad as i thought it was going to be.....i'd take it over union and open your eyes every day of the week

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2017


15228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

titan breh it's good hence the GOOD rating

















it only has two really good songs and a bunch of mediocre ones.



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