Steve Howe’s guitar command was a vital part of the achievement of prog-rock masters, Yes and you will hear a few of his trademark acoustic and electric noises on”Love Is,” his first solo record because 2011.
Occasionally too mellow and held back with his limited vocal selection, the record still has sufficient flashes of Howe’s stringed wizardry to draw a crowd.
Howe performs pretty much every single noise on”Love Is,” and also the 10 compositions are divided evenly between instrumentals and songs, alternating from the running order. His son Dylan plays drums and Jon Davison, the singer at today’s Yes creation directed by Howe, manages backing vocals and bass to the songs.
Opener”Fulcrum” includes a”Christmas with Hank Marvin” vibe, while”See Me Through” is tricky and well-paced however a more powerful lead voice might have put it on the top.
Howe explained the quasi-title song, “Love Is A River,” as”a kind of quintessential monitor,” and its changes of speed and mix of ecological and mysterious preoccupations make it among the very Yes-sounding efforts.
In reality, you can detect snippets of Howe’s classic Yes-era arpeggios, strums, and solos on nearly all of the paths but as the minute’s pass, they also often fade to less distinctive thoughts.
Closer”On the Balcony” opens with a mad GTR-like riff, copes with the struggles of live performances, and Davison’s vocal support so reluctantly echoes Howe’s forever estranged former bandmate, Jon Anderson, which it is bound to excite double-takes.
Howe recently told Rolling Stone magazine a reunion with Anderson and Rick Wakeman is”totally unthinkable,” but if he thinks twice, it will be all perfect.