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On disc: YOSO

Elements - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


(Frontiers - 2010)

YOSO is singer Bobby Kimball (ex-Toto) and the former Yes men Tony Kaye (keyboard) and Billy Sherwood (bass). To complete the line-up they asked guitarist Johnny Bruhns and drummer Scott Conner to join them. Musically YOSO tries to melt together the typical sound of Toto and Yes. At Elements they offer a dozen tracks plus a bonus CD with a live set of YOSO.
The band opens up with Yoso, a track which seems to be 1/2 Toto and 1/2 Yes... A catchy tune which surely will get aired. Path To The Heart is a Toto-esque tune, even if a dash of Yes can be traced. It's not just the vocals, it's the way the song is written.
Other songs have Yes touch, reminding one of 90125... On the slow, balladesque tune To Seek The Truth Billy Sherwood takes over the mic. Great song!
Songs like Only One are hybrids of Toto and Yes, exactly what one would expect. Adding guitarist Johnny Bruhns to the ranks was a good move, great guitar play!
To get an idea about YOSO I recommend to check out: Path To Your Heart, The New Revolution, To Seek The Truth, Close The Curtain and Return To Yesterday.
The live album starts with Yoso, but offers a lot Toto tunes and Yes' Owner Of A Lonely Heart plus a medley of Yes songs. The live recording shows that it's a tight band who enjoys performing.
Resume: Fans of Toto and Yes should check out Elements! Due to the bonus CD it's value for money, so what are you waiting for?

Track list:

Path To Your Heart
Where You ll Stay
Walk Away
The New Revolution
To Seek The Truth
Only One
Close The Curtain
Won't End Tonight
Come This Far
Time To Get Up
Return To Yesterday

Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Walk Away
Good For You
Yes Medley
(Yours Is No Disgrace / Heart of the Sunrise /
South Side of the Sky / Starship Trooper
/ I've Seen All Good People)

To Seek The Truth
Hold The Line
Gift With A Golden Gun
White Sister

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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