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MAGNIFICATION

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

3.75 | 1013 ratings

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Terenzani
5 stars This it is the last album that Yes has released until today (November 2008). And it seems to me that this album was the way of Yes to close a successful career with an incredibly good album. Without telling to the absence of Wakeman, the line-up is "the classic" line-up of yes. And that is another peculiar thing, because in this album there is no keyboard player, only in some songs that include keyboards that play Alan White, the rest of the music is complemented with an orchestra. The album consists of 10 songs, which the majority is "long" songs with the exception of "Can you imagine", "Soft as a dove" and "Time is Time", but really this is an album that is not necessary to hear it carefully to be able to realize of which it is an excellent album.

The album opens with his emblem song, "Magnification". It is a song that catches to you from the first moment at which it begins to sound. The mixture of elements is almost perfect, and the song begins with very pleasant arpeggios of guitar that soon open passage to all the mixture of instruments. Score: A+

The song that follows is "Spirit of survival", that goes united with "Magnification". Due to this, this song has similar essence but it has its own details. It opens with Anderson as the center of the song. Score: A+

Continuous with "Don't go", this is different from the previous ones, but it continues being a good song that is not 100% progressive one but it has a good style. Score: A-

"Give love each day" is a very pretty song, begins with the orchestra that soon opens passage to Yes, the letter is a little repetitive but it continues being very pretty and the song at this moment leaves a good taste on the album. Score: A-

"Can you imagine" is the first one of the short songs of the disc. And in addition, following with the style of the songs of the disc, an excellent song, she is very melodic and the letter adjusts very harmonically with the music. Score: A+

To this point of the disc "We agree" is a song that sounds a little repetitive, the song is good but to hear it single or of 2 or 3 in the disc, because it has a very similar style and I dare to say that almost copied of "Magnification". Score: A-

"Soft as a dove" is another smooth song that has a pretty lyric, but unlike "Give love each day" is a very short song and with a lyric unvaried; I believe that it is the only song that would not have to be in this disc. Score: B+

The one that follows it is "Dreamtime", this is to my taste the best song of the disc, and is one of the best songs than Yes has composed. With each song that was going I found myself hoping to arrive at this one. Howe opens the song, and later the orchestra is gotten up to him. This song has an almost perfect mixture between the chosen lyrics and the particular rhythm of the album. This song has only a point that does not favor it, that as of the minute 8:45 Yes leaves the song to the orchestra and begins to give another different sound to it. If this song were only 8:45 min was far better of which already it is. Score: A++

"In the presence of", another excellent song of this disc. Is probably most progressive by the fact that it's divided in several parts and to last 10min, I don't have too much more to say that what already I have said. Score: A+

And the disc closes with "Time is time" that is another short song and of very little letter. It's quite slow and it has one melody pleasant. Score: A

Score of the album: A

Terenzani | 5/5 |

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