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Symphonic Prog

3.32 | 1450 ratings

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3 stars This album is original by its concept and sound in Yes discography. The use of orchestra paired with raw rock sound with very audible Hammond organ created quite an original Yes entry. Rhythm sections and vocals shine above all closely followed by Hammond and piano playing that suits rock-classical style of music. Bruford and Squire are already mature with their chops, virtuosity. Some can argue that such dynamics don't go well with orchestra but one can get used to that and it shows that orchestra is complementary to rock music, not the other way out.

Most compositions are pretty good composed and executed. My highlights are highly upbeat Hammond-drum-bass driven "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed", the melodic "Then" with great instrumental section where Kaye shows his tasteful playing, "Sweet dreams" that as a more pop-rock end of 60's feeling. "The prophet" may have been thought to be the epic on the album but it falls short of expectations, there are a couple of good moments but the overall number seems incoherent to me. "Astral traveller" sounds futuristic and offers very good playing by all band members. The positive uplifting title track closes the album. Definitely a must for every Yes fan.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |


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