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Anthony H.
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4 stars Yes: Going for the One [1977]

Rating: 8/10

Going for the One was Yes's first album after a lengthy three-year break following the release of Relayer; it also signals Wakeman's return to the band. Even though Yes is a stylistically cohesive band, each of their albums is unique. On this album, Yes incorporated more hard-rock elements while still maintaining their symph rock sound. Thus, GftO contains great rock songs as well as moments of symphonic brilliance.

The title track is one of Yes's strongest hard-rock songs. Its verse-chorus-verse structure makes it fairly straightforward by Yes standards, but this doesn't detract from Anderson's great vocals and the excellent guitar line. "Turn of the Century" is a beautiful track centered on classical guitar and vocals. The climax of this song is grandiose and powerful. "Parallels" is another hard-rock track. Church organ and rock guitar come to the forefront here. "Wondrous Stories" is one of Yes's signature ballads, with great vocals and lyrics from Anderson; it's another relatively straightforward song, but it's still effective. The epic "Awaken" closes the album. This track is almost on par with some of the band's previous epics, with emotive vocals, Mellotron-laden passages, and a harp-tinged instrumental section.

Many see the hard rock moments on Going for the One as early precursors of the mainstream rock that Yes would eventually adopt in the 80s. Indeed, this album is generally much less virtuosic then the band's previous material; however, this doesn't take anything away from the strength of these five songs. The album as a whole is excellent; "Awaken" and "Turn of the Century" are Yes classics. All pre-80s Yes is essential listening, and although it's not a full-fledged masterpiece, GftO is no exception.

Anthony H. | 4/5 |


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