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BIG GENERATOR

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

2.46 | 804 ratings

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Rushlover13
1 stars Though there are some slightly redeeming qualities, this falls under Yes' worst album ever, honestly. It's really a carbon copy of 90125, which was slightly more successful, let me tell you. The musicianship is fairly good on all of the songs, it's just that sometimes you can't get that real Yes sound. Jon Anderson is the only thing you can it from the others. You can't hear that Rickenbacker 4001 from Chris that was more prominate on their other albums.

"Rhythm of Love" is trying to be something it's not. Heavy metal pop is what it was, but Jon just didn't have the voice for that kind of music. The rickenbacker sound is just not very loud like I would want it to be. The lyrics honestly don't bring this track back to the surface either. "Big Generator" has a really annoying intro, but I can respect the musicianship of the vocal intro, though slightly unbearable. The metal riff after that really dosen't fit in with anything, and it just makes the song usless. The lyrics aren't up to par, but I do like Jon's vocals. "Shoot High, Aim Low" is a fairly redeeming track. Odd but interesting intro, it sounds like a train or something, I can't really pick it up. I still can't hear the bass, but I really like the keyboards on this one, and the drums are fairly cool. The vocals aren't my favorite because they just don't sound very good to me, I think it's Trevor singing a little bit because it's slightly lower than normal, or it's both because it sounds like falsetto then normal. I do not like the vocal harmonies, they sound terrible to me, and the lyrics are slightly subpar. "Almost like Love" has a nice rhythm section, you can actually hear the bass a little bit, but the keyboards seem to drown out everything, especially the bass and drums. The guitar is very interesting to me, so are the keyboards, but overpowering. The vocals are really fast for Jon, but I don't like the lyrics at all, they are boring and not like Yes at all. "Love will Find a Way" has an excellent orchestra intro, but it goes away instantly. The drums are the only thing that really interest me, as the guitars are a little too overpowering for the most part. Vocal harmonies kind of annoy me on this one. "Final Eyes" is your standard wannabe old Yes, but with some nice clean electric guitar sound, oddly. It's very uplifting, sounds a bit like something of The Yes Album, honestly. It's a very good track and is much different from some of the others, and is my favorites. "I'm Running" is the only time you can actually hear the bass at all, which is a suprise. But after the interesting intro, it gets sort of drowned out. It's the longest and proggiest of all the tracks on the album, and is another favorite. I really like the guitar part for some odd reason, I just like the overall atmosphere of this one. "Holy Lamb" is alright, the only song with song with some decent lyrics, and some darkness in the album. It's a little different because it's not a wannabe heavy metal single type of song because of the darker lyrics and the darker feeling of the song.

There are some good parts and good songs, but most of it is not very good at all. I cannot give it more than 1 star, honestly.

Rushlover13 | 1/5 |

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