What’s the world coming to when Jon Anderson can get sampled on last year’s Kanye West album – but he’s not on the new Yes album? Ah, well – as he used to sing, “Silly human race.” After giving Anderson the long-distance runaround, the prog vets have a new frontman: Benoit David, recruited from the Yes tribute band Close to the Edge. Their first album in 10 years aims high with a 24-minute, six-part title suite. Unfortunately, the band gets drowned out by weak vocals and synth goop – Steve Howe takes only a few disappointingly brief guitar solos, beyond his acoustic “Solitaire.” And when the new guy starts singing, tempus can’t fugit fast enough.
Listen to “Solitaire”: