Yes reviewed on Pitchfork--WTF?

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Yes reviewed on Pitchfork--WTF?

Postby theproffet » Tue Feb 10, 2004 4:44 am

For those not in the know, Pitchfork is one of the leading "Hipster-indie rock" sites, for too-cool kids who listen to stuff like Banana Melt or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But todays featured review is on the Yes re-remasters--Much of it is infuriating, or just stupid, but considering the venue, rather shocking . . .

Oh yeah, there's a full page ad in the lastest Rolling Stone for The Ultimate Yes collection . . . some PR guy is putting in some time . . .<img src=pix/icon_smokin.gif border=0 align=middle>

<hr><font color=blue>"Clutching red ribbons, from a badge, but he didn't look his age . . ." </font id=blue>

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Postby halman » Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:56 am

Actually, most of that is not too bad...certainly better than I expected. Sure he slams TFTO and Relayer but then again although now my absolute favourites, I might have done the same after the first time I listened to them <img src=pix/salook.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> - these are not albums that can be reviewed after a cursory listen.

I didn't read much past the GFTO review but I was pleased to see they at least tried to review the music on merit rather than reputation and they don't follow the old punk's mantra of "Hey kids, stay away - this stuff is dangerous, evil, and bad for your cred..." Instead the review finishes with the refreshing thought -

"For now, don't surround yourself with yourself and move on back a square. Yes would love to meet you."


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Postby Roan's Lady » Tue Feb 10, 2004 8:56 am

I, too, found that there was a positive spin to a good portion of this review - quite a few complimentary remarks, even! The writers were not blind to the influence of Yes and seemed to have based their comments on quite a thorough study. Actually, I found myself agreeing with some of their negative comments <img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle> - don't hurt me!
What I expected was the (sadly) usual mindless "bashing" we so often see from critics, who have taken much too little time in listening, and know really so little musically. That's not what's here.
There was definitely thought, and, refreshingly, impartiality, behind this. I give it a thumbs up!
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Postby Dr_Yes » Tue Feb 10, 2004 5:44 pm

Yep = gotta agree with the previous comments. Actually not too bad (considering the source) and better informed than most hacks. Still descends into cliche at times, but more likely to draw in some fresh blood than anything else I've read over the last 25 years ha ha.

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Postby EricBliss12345 » Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:27 pm

Those reviews were actually among the most positive things I've read about them! To be honest, I don't even think he was really bashing Relayer. Obviously, this guy totally didn't get the album, but instead of resorting to the "I don't get it so it SUCKS!" mentality that 99.9% of the other critics would resort to, look what he wrote:

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Possibly to recoup their rep, Yes quickly made for the studio in the hopes of turning out another masterwork. However, in spite of the flashy musicianship that made Relayer a fan-favorite, the record is all but unlistenable to the rest of the world. Noisy and grotesque, it betrays some of the most atrocious taste of any Yes record. Temporary member Patrick Moraz shows up with his own bank of keyboards that sound even more tweaked than Wakeman's, and he pushes the band to garish new soundworlds; "Gates of Delirium" is a kind of nightmare children's book story about men (or elves? hobbits??) going to war. The band recreates the battle in a jaw-droppingly over-the-top instrumental that fades into a longing, eerie finale. That's followed by "Soundchaser", a vomit stew of jarring rhythms and bastardized funk climaxing with Anderson's infamous "cha cha cha" section. <hr height=1 noshade id=quote></font id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote>

That's one of the most right on the money descriptions of that album I've heard! Whether he really enjoyed it or was trying really hard to be fair and objective we'll never know! Sound Chaser, a vomit stew of jarring rhythms...that is a fuckin' AWESOME description! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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