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5 stars "Relayer" was Yes' answer to critics of "Tales from Topographic Oceans" - a combination of the complexity of TFTO and the tightness of composition of "Close to the Edge".

As with most Yes albums, it took me quite a while to appreciate this; in fact I absolutely hated the whole thing for about three months...

"Gates of Delirium" is Relayer's equivalent of the title track on CTTE, with a jazzier, more chaotic feel, yet a clearer (for Anderson, almost comprehensible!) message against the follies of war. This is Yes at their absolute best, with a "Duelling Banjos" feel between Howe and Moraz and a truly symphonic song structure.

"Sound Chaser" this album's "Siberian Khatru," is a frantic dash to showcase Howe's virtuosity, and is perhaps the weakest of the compositions which just fails to engage, but is still a memorable adrenaline rush.

"To Be Over" likewise can be compared with "And You And I", a tender, beautiful, affirmative piece, ending the album on a mellow high.

I love CTTE, but "Relayer" is my favourite album of all time, and I could not possibly give this less than 5 stars; would give it 10 if possible...

bruin69 | 5/5 |


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