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3 stars Almost ten years on this remains the latest Yes studio recording we have, and is perhaps the last that will feature the immortal Jon Anderson as lead vocalist. Igor Koroshev, their previous keyboard player, was out, and replaced with orchestral arrangements by Larry Groupé and a bit of Piano work by Alan White. The result is actually quite enjoyable, a marked improvement from their second recording, "Time & A Word" which had also incorporated orchestral backing. The song-writing is not as bold as some of their early works, and they certainly don't break any new ground, yet there is an apparent maturity musically and lyrically that does work very well. Steve Howe does not roar or clatter about much on guitar, and neither does Chris Squire on bass, so the general atmosphere is a bit subdued. Despite the lack of youthful exuberance, we have instead grace and expertise, refined vocal work, skillful arrangement, and some fine playing. "Magnification" may not be an essential Yes disc, but it's certainly a fine selection from their catalog.

Highlights: "Magnification", "Spirit Of Survival", "Dreamtime", "In The Presence Of"

My rating : 7 out of 10, or in ProgArchives speak, ***1/2

Progfan1958 | 3/5 |


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