I might have reviewed this somewhere else, but Ill gladly offer my take on this again. This was a solid album, and while it may not rival the classic Yes albums of the seventies, this effort has a lot going for it. A strong producer like Bruce Fairburn who knocked heads together certainly helped.(He probaly locked them all in a back room and beat the shit out of them is what probaly happned). But all kidding aside, the album consists of good songwriting and melodies that are catchy. The days of making epics such as Awaken and Gates of Delrium were far over. Now it may not have been progressive or `cutting edge' like their seventies work, the album still showed for me that Yes were still a viable band.
It was so refreshing to hear Chris Squire rock out on the bass again, especially on `New Language', `Face to face' and `Lightning Strikes'. His bass playing had become rudimentary and sparse on previous albums for the most part.