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3 stars Enjoyably jazzy and psychedelic jams from early Yes which shows off their broadening ambition and flair for complexity. Comparing Time and a Word to later works is somewhat unfair, since the band is still experimenting and searching for their unique sound; however, even when standing alone there is a lot to enjoy.

Songwriting is strong, an improvement over their debut at the very least, with several memorable songs and instrumental passages. Yes fans will doubtlessly enjoy hearing the young band testing out styles which will later become their staple, and those coming from a more classic rock sound can easily get into Bruford and Squire's great grooving. Anderson's voice is down to earth-- not nearly so dramatic as in later work-- and has a different timbre than what we'll hear later. The inclusion of the orchestra is always a gamble, but since the band keeps their own playing to forefront it prevents the symphony from sounding too gimmicky, mostly being reserved for background textures.

All in all a strong early release, mostly for fans of the band but not without its own unique charms.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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