For me aging rock bands need to answer two key questions: are you still relevant, and can you still rock? Fly From Here offers a definite yes to both. It's their best effort since Keys to Ascension and far, far superior to the pablum served out on The Ladder or Open Your Eyes. Unannounced, I put it on the player when my son was visiting home a few weeks back and about six bars in he said, "Is this Yes?" The fingerprints are all there, intricate rhythms, counterpoint, imaginative soundscapes, excellent playing, innovation. Unlike some of their recent albums, it bubbles with vitality despite the subject matter. Which is that of getting old and realizing you're mortal, that there's an end to all this an perhaps it isn't too distant.
Not that this is a morbid piece. There are bitter-sweet moments but it's full of love and, as I said before, vitality.
The comparisons with Drama are valid. That was a much underrated work and perhaps this will be too. As with Drama, the change of lead singer doesn't cause them to miss a beat. This sound could only come from one band. As I witness so many of my old favourite performers lose all the qualities that made them great and turn out uninspired, irrelevant misfires it's heart-warming to listen to one that still has it in spades.