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No doubt, this is a comeback of a real, classic Yes sound that we all know since 70's! At last Yesfans got a great album from a new Yes! And it's essentialy fantastic!!! Jon vocals sonds more progressive, Steve's gitar is amazing, and the orchestra is a thing! Other musicians (Alan and Chris) are also good. The band returned into the past and recorded the album with a symphonic orchestra! And what a pleasantly unexpected result! Even without keyboardist (Rick), only accompaned by orchestra they created a real masterpiece of sympho progressive music! This charmful album even surpasses also very brave early 70's Yes sympho album Time and a Word, that i rated 5 stars as a sympho prog masterpiece. This is the continuing but much better and more qualitatively! Yes shows us that in the 21st century they can white a perfect comeback album and return the deserved respect among Yesfans!!!!! Even without a veteran member Wakeman!!!

1. Magnification is the opening title song on this record and it realy blows up my head!!! I imagine Yes had a journey to the past time (1970) at the time of Time and a Word and came back with a lot of impressions! Also this is the most memorable and finest song on the album. 5/5 2. Spirit Of Survival begins with quite charming vocals by Jon and fading into a clockwork sympho song, backing orchestra and vocals are at the top of perfection! 5/5 3. Don't Go is more usual song but also have those elements of rest proressiveness that we have on the whole album. 5/5 4. Give Love Each Day begins with a great symphonic movement. Some influences from classic music and a good calm music. Also genious stuff! 5/5 5. Can You Imagine is a short one with Chris on lead vocals, and keyboards here are charming. Then we hear the whole band and the orchestra in work, only hear it!!! 5/5 6. We Agree is a real good ballad on this album, qualitative soloing from Howe and orchestra. Music with a soul, as a whole album of cource! 5/5 7. Soft As A Dove is one realy poor piece from this fantastic LP. The orchestral background and Howe's playing are perfect but the son is very short, Can you imagine is more qualitative. 4,25/5 8. Dreamtime - un this track we hear the routine of violinists, other orchestra musiciants and of cource Steve. And Jon also performs bery well. In this album all at a high level, what here still to speak? 5/5 9. In the Presence of (Deeper/Death of Ego/True Beginner/Turn Around and Remember) is one and only epic on this album. Yes shows us that they don't forget about those years of long songs and the epics is a realy interestic element of the album compositioning. And this one isn't a dissapointing thing! High quality!!! 5/5 10. Time Is Time as a closing track last only for 2 minutes. Good vocal parts and guitar section. And this is it: the end, unfortunately...

Well, this is a very-very-very excellent Yes album, such inimitable as their 70's masterpieces like Close to the Edge, Relayer and others. A real comeback from a real masters of progressive rock music!!! Last album at the time and one of their best ever! Now thas is what i call well-experienced prog rock band!!! In my opinion this album is their finest work since ingenius Going fot the one (1977). Later almost 25 years they all the same were possible manage the present masterpiece of progressive music!!! And I am proud of them!!!!!

Do not deliberate, pick this album and you are convinced how much the group has revived with it!!! A real progressive rock masterpiece and one of their BEST!!!

Have a nice day!!!

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