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Symphonic Prog

3.27 | 905 ratings

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3 stars On this album, keyboardist Igor Khoroshev joins the band (for too short a time, in my opinion). And he does an excellent job filling a difficult position in this complex band.

The album begins with it's only great song, Homeworld (The Ladder). This song ranks as one of the better Yes epics recorded in the latter part of their career. Featuring some of Chris Squire's most powerful bass playing in years, and beautiful guitar by Steve Howe, this one song alone makes the album worth owning.

New Language, the other epic, starts out very strong, but lapses into a fairly mundane verse section, ruining what was a fantastic intro. It does, however, have a nice instrumental section, where Squire plays a bass line with an obvious nod to Roundabout.

The rest of the songs are pleasant, but not eye-opening prog. Although it should be noted that on the "House Of Yes" live album, It Will Be A Good Day (The River) and The Messenger are brought to life and show their full potential.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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