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Yoso - 2010 Elements

ALBUM: Elements
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Bobby Kimball - vocals * Billy Sherwood - bass, vocals * Tony Kaye - keyboards * Scott Conner - drums, background vocals * Johnny Bruhns - guitars, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: CD 1 01 Yoso * 02 Path To Your Heart * 03 Where You'll Stay * 04 Walk Away * 05 The New Revolution * 06 To Seek The Truth * 07 Only One * 08 Close The Curtain * 09 Won't End Tonight * 10 Come This Far * 11 Time To Get Up * 12 Return To Yesterday

CD 2 13 Yoso * 14 Rosanna * 15 Owner Of A Lonely Heart * 15 Owner Of A Lonely Heart * 16 Walk Away * 17 Good For You * 18 Yes Medley * 19 To Seek The Truth * 20 Hold The Line * 21 Cinema * 22 Gift With A Golden Gun * 23 White Sister



You would think that the sum of two parts would end up creating a greater 'whole'. With Yoso, it would be easy to suggest that ex members of Yes (Sherwood, Kaye) and Toto (Kimball) would create the album of 2010. I think the term 'close, but no cigar' applies in this case. Upon initial listen, I remember asking what all the fuss was about. Well, I've since retracted that statement, as this is pretty good actually - upon deeper listen. Consider that both bands might belong in the same universal neighbourhood of melodic rock, but to be honest, there are light years of difference between them. I'll give them their due that they even attempted this merger, but I'm not so certain that either sets of hard core fans for both bands will appreciate the effort. Well, if they just get over themselves, they might discover that there is a decent body of musical work on offer here. Yoso deliver a bumper set of tunes: in similar fashion to all the recent Walmart releases, we get a CD of original tracks, plus a CD of cover songs, covering the best of Toto and Yes tunes, no doubt with appropriate permissions obtained, and the blessing from their former bandmates.

The Songs
To be honest, I'm only really interested in the original tracks on the first CD. I'll leave the cover tracks on the second CD alone, because they don't really add anything worthwhile that hasn't already been covered on the original albums those tracks appear on. If I was to make a call about my preferences, when Yoso veer towards the prog side of the fence (i.e Yes or World Trade), this is the side I prefer. Bobby Kimball has been a great singer over the years, in places he sounds superb with Yoso, on other tracks he wavers in quality. In reality, musically Yoso should by default veer towards Yes, because the only Toto involvement is the lead singer, and not key guys like Lukather and Paich. The stars for me are keyboardist Tony Kaye who throws his blanketed keyboards over all proceedings, and new guitarist Johnny Bruhns.. here's a guy who can dish out sublime solos.. definitely a name to keep an eye out for the future. The band name is also an instrumental, and kicks off the CD. However, the highlights for me include the AOR like pairing of 'Won't End Tonight' and 'Time To Get Up', the latter a boisterous tune which captures the essence of both Toto and Yes perfectly. Then there's the very cool 'Path To Your Heart' or the very Toto like 'Walk Away'. Bruhn's guitar tone is very tasty on this one! Another Toto like tune is the shuffly 'Only One', which could've been lifted from 'Toto IV'. In keeping with Yes's tradition of lengthy songs, 'Return To Yesterday' delivers in true 7 minute fashion, with Bruhns emulating Trevor Rabin's unique guitar style.

In Summary
The band are out on the road supporting this CD, so it will be interesting to see what response they get from audiences. Time will tell whether this band can grow legs away from their roots/origins. I believe they can, and create something uniquely 'Yoso' rather than being tagged with the reminder of their former bands. Unfortunately those tags will remain forever and a day, but I doubt that will deter these guys from building upon a solid foundation. A good start, and a slap around my ears for initially dismissing this..

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#1 | Carl Noonan on September 12 2010 13:37:56
The bonus disc is a live recording and includes a few Yes songs and a few Toto as well as a fair few off the Yoso disc. It's not done like the Journey Revelation bonus disc of rerecordings. I think it's really good for what it is.
#2 | gdazegod on September 12 2010 14:31:46
Listening to this again the last few days, and watching that video, I am also reminded of Mr Mister and possibly Bourgeois Tagg in places..
#3 | Jez on November 04 2010 03:13:05
If 90125 era Yes crossed with a little Toto and Hi-tech AOR is your thing, then this is a definite must. There are some really consistently good songs on here, although my one little concern would be that it lacks the one real killer knockout track. It is still a very enjoyable album throughout though and alot better than some of the stuff that is being peddled around under the AOR banner at the moment. Good, crisp production on this one too and Bobby K sounds great aswell to round it all off. The bonus live disc is a nice little present, featuring a few Toto and Yes tracks, aswell as asprinkling of Yoso songs, recorded live by the band last year I think it was. Overall a very nice little package. with plenty on offer for those of fans of the 2 aforementioned bands.
Going by a few (disasterous it must be said) reviews of the recent YOSO tour, things were far from favourable live, with Bobby Kimball being allegedly not on good vocal form at all.
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