Friday, January 05, 2007

CHRIS SQUIRE / BILLY SHERWOOD - Conspiracy (2000) posted by Svabdos

Electronic, Rock
Pop Rock, Synth-pop

Chris Squire (from YES) - vocal, bass, acoustic guitar/Billy Sherwood (from YES) - vocal, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion/Jay Schellen - drums /Alan White (from YES) - drums, keyboards /Michael Bland - drums (use to work with Prince) /Mark T. Williams - drums /Steve Stevens - guitar (use to work with Billy Idol) / Jimmy Haun -guitar


01 Days of Wonder — 4:59
02 Light in My Life — 4:01
03 Violet Purple Rose — 4:58
04 No Rhyme — 4:54
05 Lonesome Trail — 6:36
06 The More We Live — 4:46
07 Love Conquers All — 4:51
08 You're the Reason — 5:08
09 Watching the World — 5:20
10 Red Light Ahead — 6:46
11 Open Your Eyes — 4:57
12 Man in the Moon — 3:32
13 Say Goodbye — 6:07

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"Billy and Chris are a great performing team. They do just OK at songwriting together. So, what do you say? Hmmm. Get Chris Squire's "Fish Out Of Water", Billy's "The Big Peace", and YES's "The Ladder" to see what I mean. Great individual songwriters and great performers together in YES. But this album is just alright. They have written some great stuff together, but it's mostly been with other members of YES and ended up on YES albums. The first 3 songs on this album, though, are SUPERB: 1. Days Of Wonder - powerhouse 2. Light In My Life - just a cool, funky love song. Great vocals 3. Violet Purple Rose - Billy's lyrics here are probably in the top 5 best ever lyrics by anyone in any era. (Oh, and Chris's bass line is one of the best bass riffs you'll ever hear, too) So, I would recommend this album just for those 3 songs and then you might find your own favorites amongst the others."

""Conspiracy" was the album Yes bassist Chris Squire and his talented pal Billy Sherwood were working on when some of the songs (along with Sherwood himself) were detoured to Yes's "Open Your Eyes" album in 1997. "OYE" wasn't particularly well received by Yes fans, maybe in part because the Squire/Sherwood songwriting didn't seem to mesh well with the more traditional progressive rock tendencies of Jon Anderson and Steve Howe. "Conspiracy" is in a lot of ways a more listenable album than "OYE", though, because Chris and Billy don't have to force the songs to fit into the Yes mold -- not progressive rock, but hard rock/pop influenced by prog. Sort of like a harder rocking version of the Alan Parsons Project. Prog fans will be most enchanted by longer, melodic songs such as "Violet Purple Rose", "Lonesome Trail", and "Red Light Ahead", while more commercially oriented listeners might like "Light of My Life" or "No Rhyme". While Yes fans will indeed lament that Chris doesn't engage in much of his amazing basswork here, the musicianship is solid. Fans who have enjoyed Chris' occasional vocals with Yes will like this record, with his lead vocals all over the place. Sherwood has an nice voice, as well (but unsuited for lead vocalist with Yes, which was considered briefly at one point). Besides the new songs, three new versions of songs that eventually were recorded by Yes are included. Most of these are as good or better than the Yes tracks: "Love Conquers All" is more upbeat and better sung by Sherwood than the Trevor Rabin- sung outtake from the "Union" album; nothing can save Squire's lyrics from the most despised "OYE" song "Man in the Moon", but the vocals are good. And the best song is the original version of "Open Your Eyes", the one place where both Chris "lead bass" and lead vocals shine. If you enjoy the more pop/rock sound of Yes albums like "OYE", "90125", or "The Ladder", or like straighforward rock better than prog-rock, than "Conspiracy" will appeal to you. A fun, intelligent, commerical album that won't insult the intelligence of the listener."

"I meant that as a compliment...I love Chris' "Fish Out of Water" album. This album has Chris handling lead vox on 6 out of the 10 tracks..Billy also does excellent vocal work. Their vocals work together well. There are only 2 tracks featuring Alan White on drums...I was under the impression he was on all the tracks...a bit misleading. I prefer this album over the "The Unknown" album they did together. I would strongly recommend this to any YES fan."

More review:


More info: the official site of Billy Sherwood the official site of Chris Squire

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Blogger EzequieL said...

Thank you.

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