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4.44 | 3236 ratings

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5 stars This being their 4th album, really showed what the band as an ensemble could do.

With an Ummagumma like theme, where each member of the band gets to express musically, along with 4 other great songs, as usual, Yes have flawed another perfect album.

This also was the start of their media sucess with Roundabout being a successful single for them.

This is one of the most digestable Yes albums, and with Rick Wakeman now a fully fledged member, his key work is fantastic.

1. Roundabout - Classic Yes really. Love that bassline, it is perfect to play everytime I have a bass in my hands. One of their easiest songs on the ear. 10/10

2. Cans & Brahms - Rick's solo. This kind of classical music usually bores me, but Wakeman really does shape into something magical. 9/10

3. We Have Heaven - Jon's solo. A werid contrapuntal piece with some odd use of effects. Still love it though. 10/10

4. South Side Of The Sky - This song always slips my mind, but I always remember how good it is.Quite heavy for a Yes song, and with an added eccentric quality. It also has a very King Crimson vibe (I think Bill's to blame). Love how the vocals act as an instrument in itself.

5. 5% For Nothing - Bill's solo. Very jazzy and King Crimson (I wonder why). This song does alot more in half a minute than most bands do in a lifetime. 10/10

6. Long Distance Runaround - Lovely put together. 9/10

7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Chris' solo. Odd bass lines and odd vocals. What more do you want. 9/10

8. Mood For A Day - Steve's solo. Basically Clap Part II. 8/10

9. Heart Of The Sunrise - I think this really is the penultimate Yes song. The isntrumental sections are so crazy, and matched with the beautiful vocal arrangment, it does take a while to get used to, but when it does, you really understand it's genius. 10/10

CONCLUSION: I'm a pretty big Yes fan, so exepect to see a lot of masterpieces being labelled.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


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