-- Yes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today. The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012. Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks.
Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results.
"It's turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon's input has definitely freshened up the whole approach," explains Squire. "So, I'm very happy."
In fact, Heaven & Earth features at least one tune that Davison co-wrote with every other member of the band -- two each with Squire and guitarist Steve Howe, and one apiece with drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes. He also penned one song, "Light of the Ages," entirely by himself.
Regarding the sound of the new album, Squire tells ABC News Radio that he doesn't think it's "exactly comparable to anything else" the band has done in the past, while noting that "there's a thread in Yes of the style that myself and Steve…and Alan White [developed] having all been there most of the last 40 years together."
Meanwhile, Yes has been including one or two of the songs from Heaven & Earth in the sets on the group's current North American, which is scheduled through an August 23 concert in Lincoln, California. Among the new tunes the band has been performing are "Believe Again," "The Ascent" and "The Game."
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