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Symphonic Prog

4.44 | 3237 ratings

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5 stars Holy Crap!!! These two words were my first reaction after hearing fragile in its entirety. I only heard it about a week ago. I've only been into prog for a little over a year and a half and had not had a chance to hear this album. I found some left over amazon gift cards from christmas and decided to order some more prog. After asking friends and checking this site I decided that Fragile had to be one of those choices.

I'm super glad that I bought this album and it now ranks as one of my favorite prog albums ever. From the opening guitar in Roundabout to the final seconds of Heart of the Sunrise this album is nearly flawless. So let me break down the good and the bad.

The good: I would have never guessed that the same band that produced the sappy annoying owner of a lonely heart had created such a prog masterpiece. The vocals, the guitar, the bass( what a great tone), the drums ( how fast, intricate, and when appropiate, loud!!) and the keyboard/synth/electric paino( rick wakeman rules!!!) are all so impressive. The technical skill and creativity of Yes is astounding. Just when you think you've heard enough of the same these guys make something so different and unique. In my mind these guys were way ahead of thier time. I love the lyrics, the atmosphere. I can hear why some would call Bill Bruford a god on drums, definetly one of the best.

The Bad: I know at the time that Vinyl had limited time recording but I wish that the individual pieces such as cans and brahms and five per cent for nothing where a little longer. They are very good pieces but when they end I want more.

All in all this is a excellent addition to any prog collection.

TheLastBaron | 5/5 |


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