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4 stars I like this album. I'm not all abuzz with excitement because of the music (especially the lyrics, for that matter), although the music is really good in general. There are lots of strong parts on this record, as well as a few noticeable weaknesses, so it certainly deserves a four. This is a very consistent album in terms of quality, like Genesis' "Selling England by the Pound". The band is trying to be musically interesting through instrumental music writing and eclecticism. This is certainly musicianship taken in moderation, which is why some people might say that the band here is not as much fun as it is on "Close to the Edge". Some are here for the fun of it, others are here for emotion. On this album the boys seem to be focusing on both, which could explain the reputation of this album as a minor classic, mayhaps. Jon Anderson sounds like he is doing his very best to add that edge of emotion to the album. What is my personal favorite here? 'Starship Trooper', particularly the coda 'Wurm'.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Yours is No Disgrace' - ****

2. 'The Clap' - **** (So, my mom was shopping in Target, and that's all I could hear throughout the entire time of being there.)

3. 'Starship Trooper' - **** (If you don't like the coda, find that devil who bought your soul, and find him fast.)

4. 'I've Seen All Good People' - ****

5. 'The Venture' - *** (I would focus on the obligatory vocal delivery, the supplemental guitar lines, the cool drum work, and the piano at the very end than the lyrics.)

6. 'Perpetual Change' - **** (The drum work might be in 7/8, but it feels like it needs to be counted in 16ths.)

Stamp: "I like it."

Dayvenkirq | 4/5 |


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