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Symphonic Prog

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The Ace Face
4 stars The return to Wakeman the Key-tastic. Yes reforms here with new ideas, and old keyboardists. Well i must say i was intrigued when i heard about this reunion of sorts, and i got the album.

Going for the One: this song immediately turned me off. its a lot of noise, no prog at all, and just plain bad. thankfully, the rest of the album saves it from being bad.

Turn of the Century: Beautiful, great acoustic work from Howe, swinging between major and minor keys, with some gorgeous string melodies in the back ground, later turning into piano from the wakemeister. Alan White also shows us his great skills with orchestral percussion. The lyrics match the great yes music of old, celestial and soaring.

Parallels: Great organ intro, a hard, driving rocker, this song is just a great yes song that surprised me and apparently many others on this site.

Wonderous Stories: it sounds like it belongs at the beginning of a 20 minute epic, and it sort of is, as it precedes the incredible "Awaken". the albums hit single, this song is great with acoustics.

Awaken: Masterful song. amazing piano intro, and some of the greatest Anderson lines ever: "High Vibration Go On, to the sun, oh let my heart be dreaming. Past a mortal as me, where can i be?" the main riff is one of the scariest ones Howe ever wrote. it seems to bear down on the ears and threaten to make you pass out. however, it soon backs off into some great synth work. The organ solo dominating the middle is incredible, and the harplike thing that accompanies it is perfect. The dramatic chorus is reprised, with some great soloing from Howe to bring this almost perfect album to a great close.

Overall, the title track removes one star from what could have been a masterpiece. But still, 4 great songs out of 5 aint bad. not at all.

The Ace Face | 4/5 |


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