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3.40 | 1025 ratings

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4 stars I was pleasantly surprised by this album.

I am a huge Yes fan, and my favorite Yes era is from 1971 to 1980. The later 1980's stuff after "Drama" doesn't interest me at all really, but I like later albums like "Keys to Ascension" from the 1990's, and "Magnification" from 2001.

This album is almost a mixture of "Close to the edge" and "Drama", in a strange way.

Yes, Anderson and Wakeman is missing from this album, but it still sounds great! I think the titletrack suite is excellent, and the rest of the album is also pretty good. The production is excellent too.

Benoit David is doing a great job on this album. He's got a lot of emotion and spirituality in his voice, very similar to Jon Anderson, which is probably why he was chosen. He's no Jon Anderson, and he's got HUGE shoes to fill, but I think he's doing great on this album. I also think Downes is doing a great job here, using some vintage sounds here and there, like Hammong Organ and Mellotron, miksing them with never keyboard sounds. I know Oliver Wakeman also plays on this record, but I really cant tell on which songs.

Squire's bass is excellent, as excpected, and his harmony singing equally excellent.

Steve Howe plays great guitar as usual, and I especially like his slide-guitar parts. Sounds very etherical.

Alan White also delivers perfect, powerful drumming, as I expected.

The album's not perfect, maybe a little too accesible, given the fact that Trevor Horn produced it, but nevetheless I find it to be a very good album.

4 stars.

Moonstone | 4/5 |


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