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2 stars While this is way down on the quality list of Yes albums, I do not believe it is the stinker that many reviewers here have rated it as. Sure, it is one of the poppiest allbums that Yes has ever done, but is does have some very lush vocal harmonies, great production, and a few very good, but not great tracks. And it's way better than the stinkers by Yes' contemporaries, ELP and Genesis.

I seem to be one of the few people here that likes the title track. While not very progressive in structure, Tony Kaye's almost random synthesizer blasts and Trevor Rabin's occasional oddball guitar synth fills make this, to me, a fun song. And the sound definitely is BIG.

I'm Running is the song most like traditional Yes. It has a bit of a island flavor, like Teakbois from the ABWH album. While not a masterpiece, it still provides some prog enjoyment. And Shoot High Aim Low, if I'm in the right mood, sounds good. But mostly because of the vocals.

All in all, I like this album more than "Talk" and "Open Your Eyes". But I can only give it 2.5 stars, which sadly, I must round down.

Evolver | 2/5 |


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