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DRAMA

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 1170 ratings

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Zitro
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4 stars Rick Wakeman gone!? Jon Andersone gone !??!?!? Two Members of a pop band joining Yes!?!?!?!?!?!?!? This album then must be a disaster then!!

WRONG

This is an excellent album in which Steve Howe, and especially Chris Squire are at their best, and have plenty of space to show how great musicians they are. Alan White also plays drums efficiently. What about the buggles? Well, Horn is a good singer who can make a good Anderson impression, and Geoff Downes is an excellent keyboardist whose keyboard playing is better Than what Wakeman did in Tormato.

This album is even more accessible than The Yes Album in my opinion. The tracks fuse pop with prog, making the music complex while being melodic and easy to ears. "Tempus Fugit" for example is a Great rocker song with a very memorable bass line that I liked at first listen. Other highlights of the album are:

_Machine Messiah : A mindblowing mini-epic that sounds similar to Dream Theater! Yes experimented with heavy metal in parts of the song, like the dark distorted introduction of the song. Other sections are more poppy in sound, and one section is just Good ol' Yes playing an energetic riff in the keyboard and later in the bass which makes you rewind to listen to it again! This song sounds very much like The FLower Kings

_In Through The Lens: This is a pop song melded with prog instrumentation. The melodies are what's poppy here, but sometimes the instrumentation can be complex and highly interesting.

This line-up presented such refreshing, and strong music that it is a shame they disbanded shortly after the album was complete. In this album, you have the chance to hear how great Yes would have been without the singer. With these accessible and solid songs, the band could have been more popular in the world.

My Grade : B

Zitro | 4/5 |

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