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3 stars Doesn't deserve it's bad reputation.

I can't understand why people hate this album so much. Yes is tamed here compared to earlier releases but most song is at least catchy and you can't say that the album as a whole doesn't have any prog elements. Owner Of A Lonely Heart is, as many has stated, not much prog at all. Commercial? Yes. Rotten? No. It's still a rather good song, and I think you can enjoy it without being a brainwashed radio guy. Many synths in this track, but also some nice guitars in the background and a raw, violent guitar solo.

Hold On and It Can Happen follows, both being good rock songs with many guitars and synthesizers. Rather much pop of it and maybe a little bit repetative at times, but catchy and there is still some prog left in the music. Next comes Changes. It starts with some psychedelic mess, which gradually developes into the real song. Mellow with great guitars and synths (like the rest of this album). A very good song, and the best on this album. Next comes an instrumental, but for being an instrumental it's not very progressive in it's structure. It's a good thing that it last's no longer than 2 minutes. Leave It is a very different song that much consits of sampled voices and powerful drums, powerfull bass and some synths in the chorus. It's OK at its best, rather repetative and here I almost understand why some people hate like this album. Not much to say about the three remaining songs. Our song is OK, City of Love is rather good and Hearts is OK.

An album thats better than it's reputation. It's good overall, and I think even a progger could enjoy it. Just keep it in your mind that this album is rather commercial and not at all as progressive as prevous Yes records.

Eastvillage | 3/5 |


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