Sound — 10
This is really Squire's only solo album (excluding 1981's Run with the Fox single and his recent choir endeavour), and what an album! After Yes had released the Relayer album, they each released a solo album. The sound is an amalgam of progressive rock, incorporating jazz and orchestral elements, and sounds like a cross between Relayer, Going for the One, and King Crimson's In the Wake of Poseidon. Former Yes drummer Bill Bruford lays his skills on the skins, then-current keyboardist Patrick Moraz serves as organist, and Mel Collins appears on the saxes, amongst others, giving a bit of a King Crimson feel on songs like Lucky Seven.
Lyrics — 10
Although Squire was not Yes' primary lyricist, they are not bad; not necessarily great, but nowhere near bad. The lyrics are not emphasised as much as the vocals as an instrument. Squire's vocal ability is quite considerable, as his countertenor vocals are a key foundation of Yes' music. The music and lyrics could not be more suited, however, due to the complexity of the music, the lyrics seem to stand in the shadows, only really noticeable if you're looking for them.
Overall Impression — 10
This is the best album I've heard since Emerson Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery. 5 Stars. You By My Side, although the simplest number, stands out as my favourite, along with the epic Safe. Like many albums, it is not dominated by guitars, but instead by the snarl of Squire's bass, the varying textures of the string ensemble, and of the various organ sounds. There is not a thing I would change, and if it were stolen, shit would hit the fan! If progressive rock is your thing, then this album will be the thing that's missing from your life.