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Symphonic Prog

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Anthony H.
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4 stars Yes: Time and a Word [1970]

Rating: 8/10

Time and a Word, the sophomore effort from Yes, shows them continuing on their quest for self-identity. The style here is similar to the debut, with one huge change: the band recruited an orchestra. Obviously, the increased attention given to string/brass instruments and the decreased attention given to guitar makes the album much more symphonic and much less bluesy. Also, Tony Kaye's keys have a bigger role here than they did on the debut. These musical transitions made this Yes's last album with guitarist Peter Banks.

"No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed" opens with ripping Hammond and bombastic strings; Squire's signature bass and an excellent chorus from Anderson follow. "Then" and "Everydays" are two masterpieces from Yes's early period. The former is an intense song with marching drum rolls from Bruford, blasting strings, and poignant lyrics. The latter is an absolutely sublime track with amazing strings and the strongest keyboard work on the album. Anderson also shines here. "Sweet Dreams" brings back the 60s rock of the debut. This is the poppiest song on the album, with a catchy chorus and accessible melodies. "The Prophet" is a monster of track, and is probably the most epic-sounding composition from Yes's early period. Kaye's wonderful Hammond once again takes a starring role, but everyone is marvelous here, including the orchestra. "Clear Days" is a short ballad featuring lovely strings backing Anderson's crooning. "Astral Traveler" begins in a very psychedelic fashion with slightly distorted vocals and droning keys. It contains an excellent guitar solo from Banks, as well. "Time and a Word" is a Yes classic. It's impossible not to be happy while listening to this song; there's a reason why it became a live staple for the band.

Yes has almost completely dived into symphonic rock glory on Time and a Word. This album is almost undoubtedly more progressive than the self-titled, but I still like the debut slightly more. Regardless, Time and a Word (along with all pre-80s Yes) is pretty much required listening for any progressive rock devotee.

Anthony H. | 4/5 |


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