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4 stars This is a great album, slightly progressive (considering it's Yes, it's barley progressive) but I really like this. It's an evolving album as it sounds, they are gaining their overall normal sound that you would hear on the albums that they released after this one. Musician ship is great on this album, and it's the first of the Yes albums to feature an orchestra, the other being "Magnification" released in 2001, years from when this was released. Great album.

"No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" is a great tune. Nice orchestra, though it dosen't really flesh out the sound, it just seems to override the sound of the band, this is a good opener. Very good lyrics and Chris plays some great basslines. The organs are distorted, as usual with Tony. "Then" is has a quiet opener with some odd chords played by Peter bands, though the organs are nice. The bassline is loud and distorted as usual, thanks Chris. The vocals are very nice on this song, and Bill starts to play really well on this track, very complex drum part. The orchestra really opens this song out, and it's a lovely track you just can't skip. "Everydays" is a bit of a boring song for me. It seems to be the Yes standard, but more about love, and you can hear Jon going his lowest on a note. Nice soft vocal harmonies, but this song is just too uninteresting for me. "Sweet Dreams" starts with a cool upbeat sound, nice bassline, great guitar, nice keyboards, and the vocals are great. Bill plays a very solid beat from start to finish, never sounding dull. It's a nice sound on this track, but the orchestra dosen't help the sound on this track. "The Prophet" is the most progressive on this album, sounding a lot like Uriah Heep with the keyboards. The lyrics are imaginitive, and they fit well with the sound. The orchestra makes this track awesome, making it so progressive to the ears. Dirty and distorted bass by Chris squire, excellent track for bass. "Clear Days" is a ballad type of song, a bit boring, nice piano, but it dosen't seem to carry through me very well like some of the other songs. "Astral Traveller" is another good track, starts with an odd guitar riff fading in loud. The drums and bass rythym section is great on this track, Bill is playing a really good thing. The lyrics are very nice on this track. "Time and a Word" is the best closer that I have heard, ever. The bassline is tender and great, I just get a great feeling from this track. I don't know why, the acoustic guitar is just really nice.

This album is solid, though lacks in cosistancy. This deserves a 4 stars because it's farily progressive, but not as great as their other albums that they would release.

Rushlover13 | 4/5 |


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