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2 stars Yes - 'Tormato' 2.5 stars

This album was the start of the inconsistency projected in the latter half of Yes's career.

While Yes was still able to retain all their members for the period of more than one album (since Close to the Edge), this one was a very shaky one. This album was documented as one where Yes was just unsure of themselves and differences became apparent even regarding issues of where to live. Some of the problems existed outside of Yes, like the absence of the essential producer of Eddie Offord. Taking his place were five different producers, coming and going at different times, really leaving the album unpolished and robbed of any potential.

Technical and personal issues aside, this album contained a few good numbers. Right off the bat with 'Future Times/Rejoice' and the hit 'Don't Kill the Whale' came out with some new and refreshed Yes taste. The album doesn't hit any points near the height of the first two besides the ending beauty 'On the Silent Wings of Freedom'. The track contains some of Chris Squire's best bass work, sometimes having a tone and style John Wetton used on King Crimson's 'Red'.

I can only recommend this to fans really, but the remaster with the bonus tracks is REALLY good. I am very surprised these songs didn't make it to the album, unless they were just not finished in time.

ProgBagel | 2/5 |


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