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GOING FOR THE ONE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 1400 ratings

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thwok
4 stars I can't believe this is my first Yes review, considering how obsessive I was when I was younger. When you have Asperger's Syndrome, you're obsessive about most things! In my formative years, Yes was by far my favorite band. They were my introduction to progressive music. I think Going for the One is one of Yes' finest efforts, so I'll give it an "excellent addition" rating of 4 1/2 stars. Only by comparison with their acknowledged masterpieces does this album fall short of the 5 star mark.

I'm at a loss to find a bad track here. Other than "Awaken" being a little lengthy, they're all excellent compositions. I have a hard time sitting through any 15 minute piece of music, unless Beethoven wrote it. So, "Awaken"'s length is a minor complaint. Although I'm a huge fan of Yes, I've never listened to Tales from Topographic Oceans. I just can't bring myself to listen to four 20-mnute songs. It's a shame that earlier Yes songs get played by radio stations regularly, but nothing from this album does.

I don't believe comparisons between bands is generally relevant to the review section of this website. However, it's relevant to my review. One of the best things about Yes compared to Genesis, for instance, is that Anderson and company have groove. Anderson's quieter ballads and obtuse, sometimes incoherent lyrics are balanced out by the other band members' interplay. These guys bring a real umph to their instruments in a way that Genesis never does. In the case of Going for the One, this is one of their most aggressive, funky records. This album ranks right up there with Yes' best material, so it deserves 4 1/2 stars.

thwok | 4/5 |

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