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4 stars Yes - 'Going for the One' 4 stars

The last truly progressive effort by Yes was not in vein. This album was pretty damn good.

This album might get a little too much credit for the return of Rick Wakeman. In my honest opinion, I think he didn't do anything on this album that is comparable with his first stint. This is mostly a guitar driven album and Steve Howe dwells into some standard rock rhythms that sometimes give the album a bad vibe, but it only really shines through in the opening track which I find terrible. Everything is great though.

Other then the first trick which was a disappointment due to a constant standard rock riff that draws a bridge between Yes and Led Zeppelin, a connection that simply doesn't work, I find all the pieces to be awesome. The second track 'Turn of the Century' has an excellent acoustic intro and eventually becomes a band oriented song. I love the rhythm section and vocal lines. 'Parallels' was another song with a strong sense of a rock format, but was done much more wisely then 'Going for the One'. 'Wonderous Stories' is by far the best song that ever featured Jon Anderson's voice. The singing on this track is absolutely breathtaking with Steve Howe's steel guitar to provide some backing. 'Awaken' is regarded as one of Yes's true masterworks. I am quite fond of it myself, but I don't think that makes top 10 Yes material. It is a nice piece, but there was nothing truly memorable about it to cherish it forever.

With four of the five songs ranging from great to excellent, I find it just natural to give this album a solid 4 stars.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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