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4 stars A spectacular tribute to Yes

While I could appreciate the Yes influence in their previous works, it was always accompanied with others such as Rush, Gentle giant or even The dear hunter. The difference here is that his album could have been done by Yes themselves, and to me this is always a good thing. All themes work very well as a whole and the album is easier to get into than their previous efforts. Let's get into the songs:

Don't panic: A modern Yes-in-the-face piece, dynamic, catchy and uplifting and the best way to start this album. I can hear influences from Conspiracy too, love the bass lines!. 9.5/10.

42: The epic of the album. Influences from the classic Yes everywhere. A minor complain is that in some sections the music does not seem to flow very well, but overall is a very good epic. 8/10

Six string theory: A short acoustic piece a-la Howe. A bit uninspired though. The weakest song in the album IMO. 5/10.

Moment of inertia: my favourite track here. I really think this is how Relayer could have sounded if Rick Wakeman had stayed. Grand piano evolving into a great jazz-fusion theme. 9.5/10.

Age of stars: this sounds more of IZZ and less of Yes. It is a mellow piece with a gorgeous chorus, showing that the band uses voices as another instrument instead of driving the music by them. The ending brings the listener to the first song chorus and closes the circle. 7.5/10.

Overall, one of the best 2019 albums, highly recommended, especially if you are a Yes fan.

Soul2Create | 4/5 |


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