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2 stars Yes' most odd and irregular album from the 70s'. Also the first one with Rick Wakeman. The disc consists in three mini epic pieces with shorter various fillers inserted between them.

It starts well with the classic Roundabout and its pretty acoustic guitar introduction. Then the melody takes you directly to fantastic magic places... good solos alternating with sometimes poppish passages. The listener is in an imaginative world... But then the disc tends to degenerate. Can and Brahms is a little naive reinterpretation of Brahms' fourth Symphony by Wakeman. We Have Heaven sounds a bit cacophonic and is nearly irritating. South Side of the Sky has pleasant passages, electric guitar and catchy piano playing, but has too many changes in vocals, making the song chaotic sometimes. Five per Cent for Nothing is a short jazz-rock transition which has little to do here. Long Distance Runaround starts with an interesting vocal theme but fails to take off. The Fish is an ok kind of ambient-improvised guitar piece. Maybe the best transition of the album. Mood for a Day is an enjoyable intrumental acoustic guitar track with some spanish accents. Heart of the Sunrise concludes the disc with an agressive guiar riff reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and a mellotron which makes the prog fan wonders whether he listens to a King Crimson or a Yes tune. This track is very efficient and catchy, but has some lazy passages.

Fragile is one of Yes' most overrated release. I will give 2.5 stars for Roundabout and Heart of the Sunrise which are true pieces of "fantasy prog", but the middle of the album is hardly empty.

Modrigue | 2/5 |


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