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Chris Squire


Symphonic Prog

3.98 | 452 ratings

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2 stars In the relentless search of Yes fans to unearth more masterpieces from the Yes golden years, even this ill-conceived excuse for an album seems to be embraced with open arms.

It's an unexpected disappointment as this album has both Squire and Bruford, my main sources for regular Yes-enjoyment but, as with Yes, Squire should keep his mouth shut. Not only because he has a terrible voice but also because he must be deaf not to hear how off-tune he sings.

Squire is an excellent bass player of course and some of the instrumental sections rock out very convincingly. However, it isn't till halfway into Silently Falling that they truly go for it. But if you thought it would be the start of a half-enjoyable album you're wrong again. Squire spoils the song with the unremarkable vocal melodies that his grating tune-deaf voice can handle. Lucky Seven would be the gem here. With the saxophone and Bruford's stubborn against-rhythm drumming it immediately catches your attention. It even inspired Squire to some nicely built vocal melodies. But still his voice is not adequate enough to save it. Safe has an orchestral workout that isn't without merit either, but the melodies are not appealing enough for lasting pleasure.

So two stars for trying and failing. Avoid unless you really want to hear every note ever played by a Yes member.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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