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Jon Anderson


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3.95 | 413 ratings

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3 stars Olias is a new age trip that reminds me slightly of Vangelis' Earth album. It is entirely harmless prog muzak that you will hardly notice even when played at ear-damaging volumes.

That being said, it's not bad neither. There's a number of tracks that stand out. Meeting has a playful and enchanting chorus like only Jon Anderson can come up with. Another track would be Qoquaq En Transic that could have come right off mentioned Vangelis album. Nice integration of world music influences. Last on my list is Solid Space. Good Anderson harmonies on a sweeping synth melody.

Moon Ra should have been the main attraction here but it lacks the inspiration heard on the three tracks above. By consequence it is 12 minutes of pleasing but rather meaningless sounds. All in all not a bad album that offers a nice change in the Yes canon. I guess fans will dig this.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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