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4 stars 3.5 STARS

From the last Yes productions, The Ladder, as an overall album, differs from many of the rest ones in that the music is not forced, and seems to flow freely. Not superb, but yes good. One of the low points of the album is the lack of instrumental passages, but we can find good stuff here.

There are two epics. The opening Homeworld, a great track, surely the best of the album, and the 9 minutes long New language, which is good too, but not in the same level. It will be a good day and If only you knew are good ballads, in which the melody line and the Anderson vocalization makes a great job. Lighting strikes and Face to face are two poppy strong tracks, that sounds very well. It's not conventional pop, but jus pop in the Howe Anderson Yes vein. "Finally" is the other great track maybe closer to the Squire kind of compositions. Nine voices is a decent closing track based on acoustic guitar. The rest is just humdrum.

It's a nice album, easy to listen and with some good moments. I`m not sure if I could consider essential, but I think that could be a good addition to a progrock collection, from the last Yes stuff. 3.5 STARS, that in this rank method will be 4 stars.

genbanks | 4/5 |


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