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BIG GENERATOR

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

2.46 | 778 ratings

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Cheesehoven
2 stars "Shoot low, aim low, score low"

The opening track "rhythm of love" starts well with 40 seconds of delicate sounds. Then the metronomic hard drumming symptomatic of this era, kicks in, and, as they say, it all goes downhill.

The title track is truly horrible, banal with gimmicky effects pasted over it.

"Shoot high, aim low" is better and is actually very listenable even with the cliché ridden 'screaming' guitar sounds of the period which I hate. This track has a good atmosphere and is the best track of the album.

An absolutely headache inducing drum introduces "Almost like love", an ordinary album filler.

A string quartet opens "love will find a way" and we think this might, for once, have a bit more imagination than is the norm for music in the mid 80s. But no, it only lasts a few seconds before going into a rockier part (with the now bog standard over emphasised drum natch). More gimmicky effects. The song again is rather ordinary.

"Final eyes" despite the naff title (finalise) this has a touch of older Yes, with strumming acoustic guitar and subtle keyboard effects. Unfortunately this goes into the formulaic harder rockier sections, with banal tunes, platitudinous lyrics and slick production. If these parts had been better, this could have been a more rewarding track. Still it does not drag for its 6 and a half minutes.

"I'm running" is even longer. This is composed of two elements. The first, a routine song, last for 3 minutes before it then goes into a more interesting section, a chorus of sorts, with some of the feel of Yes of old.

Finally "Holy lamb" (with the pretentious subtitle of "song of harmonic convergence") could be an attractive piece, but the usual production formulas hold it down.

Cheesehoven | 2/5 |

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