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TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 2348 ratings

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Kevman28
1 stars I am not going to give a history of the album etc because it's been covered amongst all the other reviews, but I want to give my opinion on an album which I feel is poor to say the least!

I recently bought the yes albums box-set which is inclusive of all studio albums until Big Generator, and after being blessed with a reasonable journey time to work I have been listening to them back to back for the past week. After enjoying the masterpiece that is 'Close to the Edge' I was desperate to get the next disc in because I have not heard it before. To say it disappointed is an understatement. A mish-mash of nothingness, totally forgettable, and what's more two whole cd's of it! It is nothing but a car crash of sounds that result in rare moments of tune and a load of nothing inbetween.

If the star rating represented how 'Prog' an album is then I guess this would be 5 stars - but if it represents how good I think it is then I would have to give it a 1 star, just for the nice cover art. This album is unmemorable and unlistenable beyond 20 minutes. I am a prog fan who listens to the likes of Crimson and Zappa almost daily, so I am perfectly capable of getting my head around complicated stuff. This left me shellshocked though :0)

Note*

I have amended my original review of this album after receiving some emails from fellow collaborators telling me their thoughts on the album etc. I have to say it is most refreshing to hear such pleasant and constructive responses compared to other forums I have experienced in the past. It is great to know all opinions are treated as just that.

My original post ended by saying that every band occasionally lets out a turd. Well I guess I was forgetting the other saying that "one man's turd is another man's treasure".

Kevman28 | 1/5 |

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