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4 stars Going for the one!

Well, seems that today i was inspired to write some reviews after a long gap of more than a month, i reviewed some lesser known albums, but today`s morning i listened to this magnific Yes record and wanted to review it. There is nothing to be said about it that hasnt been said before, anyway i want to share you a couple of words.

Yes was one of the first bands of prog that i knew, something very natural i assume that many of us have been introduced to this world because of monsters like Yes, Crimson or Floyd, and when i had the luck of seeing yes in concert, they openend with the self titled song "Going for the One" i loved that performance as well as the song included here.

After 3 years of that magnific Relayer, Yes came to studio and recorded a 5 song albums, but that wasnt all, also Keyboard Wizard Rick Wakeman returned to the band, and added his personal touch to this album, though is not his best, but it is noticeabl anyway.

We all know the way that Yes worked in the 70`s, their masterpieces, controversial albums and weaker ones, some people say that Going for the One is one of those weak albums, and i strongly disagree.

They returned to a less experimental album, something more catchy and attractive to the ears of prog lovers, without losing their standards as a prog rock band, Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakemand and White gathered together to create great music.

"Going for the One" is the first track and a song that i really love, the guitar of Howe is excellent, lyrics great and bass lines lovely, powerful and great song. "Turn of the century" is a mini epic but this is not the best song of the album, actually is not that complex and also i find it a bit, just a bit boring. "Parallels", dont you recognize those keyboards?, well yes, it is Mr. Wakeman, great song full of excellent arrangements and i love the bass playing of Squire, excellent. "Wondrus Stories" is the hit or single whatever you want to call it,and it has become a classic song, not my favorite, but still good. "Awaken" is by far the best song of this album, a true epic, what we Yes lovers appreciate and are happy with, not as long as Gates of Delirium or CttE, but it is excellent, here they say we are back, and we have still much more to offer, the prog rock of Yes is not dead at all.

Well i just wanted to give a few words about it, i have nothing more to said because i would sound repetitive. I really enjoy this album, i would give it 3.8 stars that i will round to 4, recommendable to any prog fan and Yes followers.

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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