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The Syn


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.50 | 46 ratings

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Chris S
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3 stars Well how refreshing!!!

Now we all know that Squire doing a solo album was near up there with the best of Yes as was Olias of Sunhillow by that cosmic messenger, Jon Anderson. But who would have thought Chris Squire would do some neat work under the alias of The Syn with Stephen Nardelli from the late 60's connection. Let's face it without Squire this album would probably not have happened and thank God it did. Sure it is borderline progressive more leaning to the rock side of the genre but who cares, the sound is crisp, refreshing, harmonising of Squire with Nardell's very likeable vocals and you get an excellent combination. Let's not forget the Stacey Bros either.

Let's not compare this with The Ladder else I be crucified, but this IMHO much better and the main ingredient of Yes over all these years comes to the fore with Syndectructible.The album flows seamlessley from ' Breaking Down The Walls'. ' Some Time , Some Way' is a classic ' Yes sound' as is ' Reach Outro', no mistaking Squire's influence here.

' Cathedral Of Love' reminds me why I got hooked on progressive music in the first place, atmospheres----------everywhere! This album should do better, Fish Out Of Water relapse folks and bass lines right where you would expect them. Even the odd naive vocal line by Nardelli gives this progressive album credence. Again Squire's work on ' City Of Dreams' is of the highest plodding quality. Vocalized harmonics reminiscent of ' Changes' from 90125 era but better.' Golden Age' is popular but I would say the weakest point on the album but the finale of ' The Promise' wishes more of the same from The Syn, because quite honestly it is evident that the passion of creativity of Chris Squire has moved on to The Syn for a while. Highly recommended to all those wishing Yes would do something constructive again in whatver format.

Chris S | 3/5 |


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