February 1998

Yes - Open Your Eyes
Beyond Music BYCD3074
Released: 1997

by Bruce Bassett

Musical Performance ***
Recording Quality ***
Overall Enjoyment **

[Reviewed on CD]Dear Yes,

It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that I write this note. Regretfully, I must inform you that the magic I once felt with each offering of your music has long since vanished. I do not want to give you the long-distance runaround, so I thought I would tell you exactly how I feel in no roundabout way.

It seems like only yesterday that every little thing you did brought chills running down my spine. I realize now that yesterday was over ten years ago, and with the perpetual change we all must live with today, I now know that our relationship will never contain the sweetness it once did.

Lately, your music has been esoteric...detached...busy. You say, "Open your eyes to the new state of mind," but no matter how hard I try, this is not the solution. I find you as distant as the man in the moon.

As I stand here now, looking around, and as my eyes finally settle on the south side of the night sky, I beam in the brightness of the starship trooper, and I know in my heart that I will always remember the wondrous times we once shared.

Owner of a lonely heart,

Bruce Bassett