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4 stars Just took the album off the turntable for the first time in yonks....I'd always thought that Bruford played drums on the album.....I'd also always thought that the album sounded hollow - that the spirit was still there, but the inspirations seemed to be waning....I'd also always thought that Howe had never sounded better, that his peak with Yes was on TFTO (I now think Howe sounded best on TYA). I was wrong on all! The musicianship really shines through some shaky material....the pieces are much too wordy and the instrumentation and arrangement seems awkward and overly busy. There are some truely brilliant passages....and some just a bit too over the top. But, though it's an uneven record, it still rates with some of their best work.
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