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RELAYER

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.36 | 2053 ratings

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Starhammer
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4 stars Exit the Wakeman, and all that jazz...

The seventh studio album from Yes and the first to feature the talents of keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

The Good: With a running time less than half of that of its predecessor, Relayer showed another change in direction for Yes. The album's format of one long, two short(er!) recalls not only Close to the Edge, but also the fusion standards of Herbie Hancock and others of that era. This connection isn't just limited to structure as the sound of Relayer also has elements of jazz, primarily due to the influence of new member Moraz. His individual contribution to the record is outstanding to the point that I barely even miss the genius of Wakeman.

The sprawling opening track marks a definite return to form for the band and would easily be the best song on most albums. Most albums that don't have Sound Chaser that is. This frenetic outburst is the musical equivalent of shoehorning a full release into a ten minute single on steroids. Absolutely brilliant.

The Bad: Whilst To Be Over has its moments for sure, it does feel a bit 'lost' some of the time.

The Verdict: Playing third fiddle to Fragile and Close to the Edge, but only just.

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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