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THE YES ALBUM

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.28 | 1939 ratings

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Brendan
4 stars I don't know if I am the most qualified person in the world to comment on music; but I CAN tell you that this is a GREAT album and one of Yes' best. This is creative symphonic prog rock at it's finest. This is the first of what is considered their classic albums. It was their third album but their first to 'click'.

The sound is full of impressive organ/keyboard work that add an airy/symphonic feeling to the album; yet, Yes are a band that are traditionally dominated by guitars. The songwriting is very strong. Although a lot of progressive rock albums have weak production where the vocals are somewhere in the background, even within the discography of this band, this album has a great production. The songwriting is focused and very strong. There are even some 'hooks' here and there. The songs actually aren't as complex as they would be on later albums like 'Close to the edge', these songs don't meander a lot, they try and stick to a few well-written melodic themes over their usually 8-9 minute duration, that's why I said the song-writing is more 'focused'. I don't think that meandering is bad, but this album isn't really meandering.

Although 'Perpetual Change' and 'Starship Trooper' are excellent prog epics at about nine minutes each, my favourite tracks are 'I've seen all good people' with it's bouncy vocal harmonies and I absolutely love the engaging 'Yours is no disgrace', which has such a catchy chorus they repeat it a few times in several styles, such as jazz.

One of Yes' crowning glories, and an album that is not hard to appreciate even if you are not a 'prog-head'

Brendan | 4/5 |

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