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The Quiet One
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2 stars A ''Compilation'' of a bit of all:

The Ladder is a decent attempt in reviving their 70's Prog style, introducing some World music influences, plus the already incorporated POP from their 80's period.

You got two 70's-style Prog songs, The Ladder and New Language, full of great musicianship and song-writing, which could have perfectly suit any 70's albums by them, pittily these two give just a false impression of the overall style of the album, also such a pitty that 2 grandiose Prog pieces are wasted in a album that isn't on the standards of them. The rest of the album is nothing close of being Prog, neither being good music actually, with the exception of the Reggae-esque, Pop tinged, The Messenger, with Chris' simple but effective bass and Jon's vocals still standing well. Then there's the pop-rock tune called Finally, which should appeal to those who enjoy their 80's singles, just that this time a bit more elaborated. The rest of the album, like I said at the very begining, is a mix of bag of acoustic ballads and some odd World-esque music songs, which are pretty mediocre, making the album as a whole, not consistent, and by no means, a very worthy album.

A forgettable album with two very well performed Prog songs, which they're neither really fresh nor anything beyond their 70s standards. If you want something new by Yes check either Magnification or Keystudio, any of those two are pretty fresh and might give a lot of enjoyment to the 70s Yes fan, even if the albums don't stand along their classics.

The Quiet One | 2/5 |


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