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2.03 | 769 ratings

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4 stars When I first heard this album, I wasn't particularly interested in it. I was willing to accept the general consensus that this album was one of their weaker ones.

However, looking at the song list, I'm inclined to believe that this is in fact one of their better albums. Sure, it's not Close to the Edge, and it's not epic - but it DOES have an excellent selection of catchy tunes, and interesting themes. This album has so much energy, it's a pleasure to listen to. The first two songs, New State of Mind and Open Your Eyes, are interesting to listen to: and besides, just like 90215, they make Yes a more mainstream band; hopefully, so everyone can appreciate them. No Way We Can Lose is a nice little song, too; the lyrics are a bit sickly - talking about resolving differences - but that doesn't detract from the decent quality of the tune. The Solution is a waste of time, though, with 5 minutes of singing, and 18 minutes of birds singling, in the style of Close to the Edge.

Fortune Seller is also brilliant, having a good harmonisation of vocals/backing vocals. It's not always immediate, but this song is defitely one that will grow on you. Man in the Moon has been considered trite, but it's still an enjoyable song, if not a little pop-esque.

Other than that, there are no serious problems - the only fair complaint would be that Yes are selling out: although personally, I believe that Yes's music change is hardly a sell out - indeed, there are many parallels that can be drawn from this album, and their earlier ones. It has the same enthusiasm, but just with more energy.

| 4/5 |


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