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5 stars Guys, I think this album is a masterpiece... maybe the BEST record Yes has ever produced. And please don't say that I should get into 70's stuff 'cause I'm completely "got" into it. I admit "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is stunning, "Close To the Edge", "Relayer" and "Going For The One " also get within the very dungeons of my mind, but... "Magnification" thrills my heart every time I listen to or just remember any single chord from the album.

I bought this CD during my trip to USA in 2005. I remember I spent all my money on discs, So I returned to my country having bought just bunch of CDs and some toys for my sister, a fact which upset my parents very much, but that does not matter... I wanna say when I was running short of money (only four or five dollars left) I wanted to buy the record which would fit in this price so I went to 3.99$ row. and I found a disc with writing - Yes. Wanting so desperately to buy just anything I grabbed that CD not having even looked the name of the album. I was thinking that, since it was Yes, even if I already had owned that, it would not be bad anyway to buy a second copy for such a price.

Well I came home and read M A G N I F I C A T I O N. I didn't even know about this release. But when I first put the CD in my system I just ran over the tracks and couldn't catch anything special. But then I returned to my country and started playing it at late night when I went to bed. Oh my god... It was a night spent in heaven. Don't laugh please! I can't even describe the dreams I had after listening.

Such a beauty... that orchestra... guitar... voice...

1. Magnification = Magnificent 2. Spirit Of Survival - great concept musical and lyrical too 3. Don't Go - Guys why nobody likes it? what pop, which pop, it's a grotesque type song. 4. Give Love Each Day - Makes me want to do so every time I listen to/remember it. 5. Can You Imagine - Can You Imagine that such song could be unreleased for years? 6. We Agree - Man, how inspiring, Agree? 7. Soft As A Dove - Soft and innocent like a maiden whom this song is sung to. I love to play it on my broken guitar. Well, honestly not Howe... yet:) 8. Dreamtime - A song every music lover should dream of (IMHO) 9. In The Presence Of - The Four Part Epic. Guys, I think The Epic doesn't mean a song where should be at least 1000 themes and 500 tempo changes... It's enough much fewer ones if it's done with a taste. 10. Time Is Time - Maybe least deep but decent and easy to get. My sister loves this song and I do too.

This Album is incarnation of beauty. And I think that progressive is in beautifully crafted melodies (I don't mean sloppy-poppy tunes easy to forget) than in scary numbers of tempo changes. That's why I think that's It's Yes' most Progressive thing (maybe with "Tales") ever done.

~~~~~ ~Yes~ ~~~~~

Thandrus | 5/5 |


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