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4 stars Similar to but slightly weaker than Fragile, because it sounds a little messy sometimes, especially the title track

Going For The One 5.5/10 : an ok yessy (weird and complex) rock&roll song. The slide guitar owns the song, and the keyboard flourishes are very pretty, but the vocals and melodies are weak, and the lyrics are so absurd that they seem like a self-parody.

Turn of The Century 8.5/10 : this is just sooooooo gorgeous ... it is basically beautiful melodies + acoustic guitars with accessible lyrics of a story about a man making a statue of his dead wife hoping that it will come to life. The best part is when there is a duet jam of grand piano piano and guitars that sound very uplifting.

Parallels 6/10 : Its a church organ led happy pop song with poppy choruses. the solos are nice but not brilliant.

Wondrous Story 9.5/10 : this is one of the best pop songs I have ever heard. the melodies and singing are nice but the instrumentation is what stands out. The keyboard solo sounds very innocent and pretty, and the guitar solo sounds also like that. This is a song perfect for your young son/daughter and hope that they'll like prog rock :)

Awaken : 10/10 : this is very complex and may sound messy, such as gates of delirium ... but it is another brilliant epic by yes. It needs repeated listenings since sections such as the jam with the chanting of 'awaken gentle mass touch' was cringeworthy for me at first listen .. but it grew in me, and the guitar solos are some of the best Howe has done with Yes, and they are everywhere! The standout section in here is the soft middle part with the bells, harps, and church organ, that starts growing slowly (as great as wurm) until it explodes with singing and bombastic music which for me is the weakest part of the song (especially that disappointing church organ solo). After that, the main theme is back but with harp chords that for some reason gives me goosebumps.

This, is not a very accessible yes album, but if you are experienced with yes, you should try it. It is very good and while not a masterpiece, it is recommended to have it.

My Grade : B

Zitro | 4/5 |


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