I'm a little surprised at the reputation of this one—worst user-ratings on any Yes studio album on AllMusic, Prog Archives, and Rate Your Music? I thought it delivered on angelic Jon Anderson high-notes and melodies much more than the rest of their 90's output (Universal Garden and No Way We Can Lose particularly), not to mention all the lovely acoustic moments in the second half. It's definitely corny but I enjoyed (and noticed) a lot more on first listen then, say, Talk or The Ladder. (I could live to regret saying with more listens though). With this and Keys to Ascension 2, I'd say 1997 was their best year for a couple decades.
When every Yes fan was expecting a return to the epic songs of classic era, the band comes with a collection of rather simple songs (and Yes ugliest cover ever). That's the reason why so many fans were disapointed. Still, if you listen to it out of context, it's a pretty decent album, very upbeat, good songwriting, very Yes sounding despite its lack of ambition.
OK, it's no Fragile, but it easily trumps any Rabin era Yes-- From the Balcony, Universal Garden, Wonderlove, New State of Mind-- all better than the very best moments 90125, BG or Talk had to offer. Maybe I'm sentimental, but there are times I love this record.