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2 stars Yes - 'Time and a Word' 2.5 stars

A sophomore slump that hits even the best of bands.

I believe Yes aimed their sights way too high on this one. It was always Yes's blessing and curse. For this time around, I think they were way too young and undeveloped to integrate an orchestra into their music, especially since some weren't able to get the job done themselves.

The major problems arise with the members that were soon to be replaced. Peter Banks guitar work was appalling compared to his job on the eponymous debut album. His eclecticism and variety that really gave the debut a shine was largely vacant on this one. He just merely provided a rhythm backing and had little implementation on the music. Likewise, Tony Kaye had a sort of similar problem in his execution as well. His organ is damn dirty, and I mean really dirty. It just doesn't mix with strings and horns at all.really goes against the point of it all. Combined, these two musicians really drag the album down low.

The opening track is a beauty, but just a cover song, but the credit is due for its wonderful execution. None of the other tracks really live up to that one's potential. I was fairly disappointed with this one, but there was room for change.

ProgBagel | 2/5 |


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