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RELAYER

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.37 | 3023 ratings

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Deathangel
4 stars Relayer is a bit of a contradiction

On the one hand it has one of the best epic tracks ever written: The Gates Of Delirium is an effortless, massive journey of a track that takes the listener to the brink of war and back. It builds brilliantly, like only Yes can, and the extended instrumental section is literally breathtaking (for me at least) in its excitement. The build and release and subsequent explosion of Steve Howe's guitar riff is sooo good, and of course the emotional end section with Jon's perfect voice always sends shivers down my spine. An epic in every sense of the word, made all the better for having Patrick Moraz's breath of fresh air keyboard sounds in the mix.

So, what a great side of vinyl (for those that remember such things). And then you turn over and get two very run of the mill Yes tracks, both of which are 'not too bad'.

Admittedly 'Sound Chaser' is a great example of how to develop one musical idea into a 9 minute track, and it's certainly exciting in places, but ultimately not as good as anything from 'Fragile' or 'The Yes Album'. And 'To Be Over' is, well, just a little pointless. Similar but nowhere near as good as the closing section of TGOD.

Relayer has a similar layout to 'Close To The Edge': one great side of music and one 'so so' side. A definite 4 stars for TGOD though.

Deathangel | 4/5 |

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