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3.88 | 1995 ratings

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2 stars Yes went too far. What a deception !

Tales from Topographic Oceans had everything and did seemed appetizing for every progressive rock fans : four pieces of 20 minutes long, strange names, mysterious title and a superb art cover (always!) by Roger Dean... And the follow up to their masterpiece, the epic Close to the Edge. Wow ! Difficult to resist !

BUT after the catchy first minutes of The Revealing Science Of God, the whole disc starts a mad enterprise. The tracks are full of nonsense, chaotic vocals, inappropriate musical changements without transitions... Just too difficult, too complex to follow... The tracks could have been divided, there would not have been a great difference, but here pieces of themes are just assembled together to "make a 20 minutes suite"... I give this album a several listenings, each time I gave it one more chance, but this is definitely no each time.

This controversial release gathers nearly all the elements which make people hermetic to progressive rock. I give 2 stars instead of 1 for the first moments of The Revealing Science Of God. If you are new to Yes or progressive rock, do not start with this album ! Close to the Edge is a much better choice !

Modrigue | 2/5 |


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