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Chris Squire


Symphonic Prog

3.94 | 402 ratings

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5 stars This is an excellent album in which Chris Squire, bassist for the Symphonic Progressive Rock band yes, shows off his talents. Never before have you heard a bass being played with some much distortion and so much power. Crisp production and a very wide range of musicians make this album a must have in you progressive rock music colletion.

The opener "Hold out your Hand" should be on classic rock radio. This song is flowing with amazing and distorted basslines and amazing bass solo's that always creep up in the parts where there is only synthesizer is playing. The lyrics are okay, not amazing, but they are definatly catchy, something that most Yes members never really achieve. The synthesizer or whatever keyboard instrument is being played throughout the song is very nice, and adds some really nice atmosphere. Chris' voice is actually excellent, I was really suprised, becuase he sounds like the male version of Jon Anderson. "You by my Side" is more or so a continuation of the first song, and is very good. The vocals are excellent, and lyrics are about love. The bassline is slightly more laid back and not as heavy as the first track. Drumming is particularly interesting. The piano played throughout is very nice, and very warm sounding for this type of song. "Silently Falling" has much more orchestra sounding instruments involved in the intro, and it really gives this song some nice and haunting atmosphere. After about half a minute, most of the band starts to join in one of the two epics on this album. The bassline is, again, still very slow and melodic. Vocals are excellent, and the lyrics are really catchy, and despite that, they are very proggy to me. Piano is very nice on this one too. "Lucky Seven" has a very nice keyboard intro, and the bassline is nice and rich. It kind of reminds me of a part on the Yes album Fragile, which is kind of odd to me because Rick Wakemn dosen't usually sound like that on keyboards. The saxophone on this song is really excellent and truely adds some jazz elements to the song. Chris, again, sings amazingly with some really nice lyrics added. Drumming is very good and percise. "Safe (Canon Song)" is the last song and it is the second of the two epics. I find this one much more engaging and much more refreshing to listen to. The intro is very christmas time and warm sound. The piano is very nice. Chris really sounds alot like Jon on this one, which it does sound excellent for some odd reason. The bassline isn't as prominate, but it's still great. The music is so inspiring, with it's vocal harmonies, it's one of the better epics I have ever heard.

Some awesome moments are held on this album, and as many have refered it to be, the lost Yes album. It's excellent, crunching basslines, nice snowy, cold feeling, you really can't go wrong when getting this album. 5 stars, only if Chris made more.

Rushlover13 | 5/5 |


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