Yes
90125


3.5
great

Review

by Nagrarok USER (219 Reviews)
January 27th, 2011 | 111 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first, and only occasion Yes made pop music and did it right.

It is no secret that Yes did some bad things in the 80’s and beyond, but credit must be given where it is due, because they started out the decade on a high note. Absorbing The Buggles into their line-up as a replacement for Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, a renewed band released the excellent Drama, a certain improvement from bad egg Tormato. The record offered great future prospects, but hardcore Yes fans weren’t satisfied, scolding Trevor Horn for his inability to sing classic Yes material. Thus, the band finally disbanded in ’81 and its members moved in different directions.

The split-up would last a mere two years: long story short, Chris Squire and Alan White continued to work together and eventually came in contact with guitarist Trevor Rabin. A new project, called Cinema, was formed, soon joined by former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, who played on their first three albums. Things would continue that way, but when Anderson heard some of Cinema’s recordings, he became eager to join as full lead vocalist. The group realized that this essentially meant Yes reforming, the only non-ex-member being Rabin. The guitarist initially wasn’t too enthusiastic about being Steve Howe’s replacement, but in these years of commercial pressure, it was only logical to rekindle the Yes flame; success would be far more likely for a known than a new group.

Releasing 90125 in ‘83, Yes turned the creative wheel around completely. Drama had seen some minor pop influences, sure, but this was the point where they turned into a real pop band. Owner of a Lonely Heart smashed the charts, became a undeniable decade classic, and the result is that more people associate the name Yes with cheesy 80’s music than with golden era-progressive today; more than enough, if not even the majority, don’t even know the band existed before then. Needless to say, long-time fans were alienated by the massive sound change, completely dismissing the new album. It was a long, long shot away from classic Yes. It was a cheesy pop record. It was also good.

For all the backfire it has received, Yes’ eleventh is well-crafted. If 80’s pop music disgusts you, so will this, but it is an example of the genre done right. Trevor Horn, who didn’t remain in the band but produced the album, did an excellent job 'updating' the sound. Looking past the cheesy synthesizers, dated, truly cliché guitar sound, one discovers great melodies and use of sampling, Owner of a Lonely Heart being a truly superb showing of this. All aspects of the sound are cleverly interwoven, as proven by great pop tunes such as It Can Happen, Changes and Leave It. The only particular problem is the song lengths, which the group kept from their progressive years. Because of how well the songs are constructed, it’s not that major an issue, although it would become one on later releases.

Claiming 90125 to be a purely cheap album is naive. It is not really worthy of the name Yes, it certainly is cheesy, and it is slightly dated. In all that, however, it can be exceptionally charming: the songwriting is genuinely good, the production is smart, and altogether these are great pop songs. Admit it: even you enjoy your 80's from time to time.

90125’s Yes was:

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


TO BE CONTINUED...




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nagrarok
January 27th 2011


8588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

PROVE YOURSELF



YOU ARE THE MOVE YOU MAKE



AngelofDeath
Emeritus
January 27th 2011


16223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. Pop music done right for sure.

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 27th 2011


29881 Comments


I like the opening track but a lot of this puts me to sleep

Good review too, pos'd

Jethro42
January 27th 2011


15640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

''The only particular problem is the song lengths, which the group kept from their progressive years. Because of how well the songs are constructed, it’s not that major an issue, although it would become one on later releases.''


The drama with the 80's is that the 70's prog bands were all invited to shorten their songs to make them more radio-friendly and all. It was like asking a bird to fly with a broken wing.

Very well written review, mate. Indeed it's not without recalling our previous review under ProgJect, but it's all about the same story after all.

You are very good at giving a maximum of infos in a minimum of phrases.

Like we say in my hometown, you have a very good analytic mind. Keep the good work up.







Nagrarok
January 27th 2011


8588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys.



The drama with the 80's is that the 70's prog bands were all invited to shorten their songs to make them more radio-friendly and all. It was like asking a bird to fly with only a wing.




Well, since there's hardly any trace of prog left here, it doesn't actually make sense to keep the lengths in this case. I would almost purely consider this a pop record.

scissorlocked
January 27th 2011


3528 Comments


good review as always,pos'd

Jethro42
January 27th 2011


15640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No. I was too young for their classic era and started to lose interest afterward. I would have liked to attend Drama tour but I've missed it for some reasons. They were apparently amazing live, of what I heard...equipped with a rotating stage and all.

Waior
January 27th 2011


11627 Comments


owner of a lonely heart is a great song but this review is better

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
January 27th 2011


16223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Everyone knows "Owner of a Lonely Heart", but "Changes" is the best song on this album.

Jethro42
January 27th 2011


15640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good call, Angel. Both Changes and the way too short Cinema (thanks to their new record label) prog rocks the most and are my favs along with Leave It and Hearts. And then...possibly Owner of a Lonely Heart.

Nagrarok
January 28th 2011


8588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks scissor and Waior. As much as it is by far the most popular song here, Owner of a Lonely Heart is still my favourite.

Tyrael
January 28th 2011


21113 Comments


Well done Nagnarok, your reviews never fall short to the high standard of quality you have set with your previous ones.

Jethro42
January 28th 2011


15640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If I had to present the album to a new comer I'd rec him to listen to these first; Owner of a Lonely Heart, Changes and Cinema/Leave it and I would tell him not to abuse of Owner of a Lonely Heart to avoid getting sick of it.

BigHans
January 28th 2011


29532 Comments


Good job Nag

LepreCon
January 28th 2011


5454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

o shit you like this more than I do!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2011


8233 Comments


pos'd without reading, as i know that your reviews are ace material Nag and i'm too tired atm.

now i know which album includes "Owner of a lonely heart".

I will be most probably buying this.

Nagrarok
January 29th 2011


8588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks fellas, as you know it's much appreciated.



o shit you like this more than I do!




Surely this must be a mistake!

KILL
July 25th 2014


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

deathschool
July 25th 2014


23525 Comments


Owner of a lonely fart.

OmairSh
July 25th 2014


14812 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it can happen to you and me and everyone evenTUALLY

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