Ranking the Discography: Yes Part XXI: The Quest (2021)

With The Quest, we have a Ship of Theseus situation: it’s the first album with no original members. This is the first album to feature Billy Sherwood since The Ladder. This is also sadly Alan White’s finale (his replacement, Jay Schellen, is one of the guest musicians). The album had 3 singles.


Jon Davison: lead vocals, guitar on track 6

Steve Howe: guitars, mandolin, koto, autoharp, vocals

Billy Sherwood: bass, piano (track 3), keyboards and acoustic guitar (track 5), vocals

Geoff Downes: piano, Hammond organ, synthesizers, Mellotron, and piano

Alan White: drums

The Tracks:

  1. “The Ice Bridge”: Now, this is how you start an album! We have some excellent keyboards reminiscent of “Fanfare For the Common Man” and a cool guitar and bass ensemble. It feels like the kind of song that should have been on the 80’s Yes albums, but in a good way.
  2. “Dare to Know”: This feels like it was left off Magnification, with a beautiful orchestra.
  3. “Minus the Man”: The lyrics aren’t working for me, but I like the instrumentation.
  4. “Leave Well Alone”: This has Howe playing a koto and some sweet rhythm.
  5. “The Western Edge”: I’m not keen on Sherwood’s vocals on this one, but the rest of the song is good.
  6. “Future Memories”: This has a good bassline.
  7. “Music to My Ears”: This one has some great guitar and piano parts.
  8. “A Living Island “: This song was inspired by the pandemic while Davison was on lockdown in Barbados. It’s got some of the best guitar work on the album. The keys come in nice, and there’s some great rhythm too.
  9. “Sister Sleeping Soul”: The guitar and vocals are pretty good on this, but it’s missing a bassline.
  10. “Mystery Tour”: This is a tribute to The Beatles, and to be honest, it’s kind of lame. Good thing it’s the shortest song on the album.
  11. “Damaged World”: I appreciate the sentiment, but I don’t like the vocals on this.

Final Verdict: I don’t know what the critics were listening to, because I enjoyed this album. It had some flaws, but it’s not bad at all.

Grade: B+


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I am a Christian and an anime fan. My blog will cover anime reviews and maybe an occasional story

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