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FRAGILE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.42 | 2367 ratings

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Zeuhl Glikowski II
5 stars i'll never forget whe i listen this album by the first time, i love it, all the album, i had to say, that i think this album is the best work of YES, ever better than "Close To The Edge", in "Fragile" we can catch the spirit of the band, we can enjoy to the virtuosism of YES like band, but we can enjoy the virtuosism of all the musicians by their own. Steve Howe (guitar), Bill Bruford (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards, replacing Tony Kaye), Jon Anderson (Vocals) and of course Chris Squiere (bass). the lyrics of the whole album are impressing. "Roundabout" is the opening of the album with 8 minutes and a half (aprox) is an amazing song, when i listen this song by the first time i had to repite it. "i'll be the roundabout", the amazing work of Rick Wakeman, give to the song an amazing flavor, the guitar of Steve Howe, works very nice too. then we had the song "Cans And Brahms" a classic piece arregned by Wakeman, and we can catch the virtuosism of Wakeman like the fabulous tecladist that he is. "We have heaven" it's the third track, a wonderful track composed by Jon Anderson (showing his virtuosism too), and then we have my favourite piece "South side of the sky", with an aproximate time of 7 minutes 58 seconds clossing the first side of the album. starting the b-side, we have "Five per cent for nothing" a song with a time of only 37 seconds composed by Bill Bruford (i had to say he is my favourite drummer ever), accopling with the speed bass of Squiere the improvissing guitar of Howe, and the meticulous keyboards of Wakeman. the next song is "Long distance runaround", at the beginning, we can listen how Howe and Wakeman are doing exactly the same, then the second team (Bruford and Squiere), playing something different. then a change happens, and we have Wakeman and Bruford in the first team, and Squiere and Howe in the second, and of course Anderson singing alone, "long distance runaround, long time waiting to feel the sound, i still remember...THE TIME TO SAY GOODBYE", the song ending and inmediatly start "The fish (shindleria premataurus)", the 2 minutes 35 seconds improvisation of Chris Squiere, acopling with the nice works of his 4 companions, then one of my favourites "Mood for a day", the majestic solo of Howe, none of his buddies work in that song, it's only a work by Steve, it's simply majestic, and to close the album in a wonderful way, we had the most amazing song of the whole album "Heart of the sunrise" with a total time of 11:24 minutes, starting with 3 minutes and a half (if my memory doesn't fail me) of instrumental, then maybe 6 minutes of the singing, and to the top a little reprise of "We have heaven". when i heard this masterpiece for the first time i totally fell in love, and of course i know in that moment that the prog rock going to be my religion for the rest of my life. this album is classic, majestic and i hope, too many people still enjoy of this music in the future in the same level that we do.
Zeuhl Glikowski II | 5/5 |

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