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5 stars

The album format is similar to Close to the edge (3 songs with first one ~20 minutes and the last 2 ones ~ 9minute). I would say that the changes on the band lineup are evident especially on keyboard where Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman. During the audition performed for finding a replacement for Rick Wakeman Vangelis was one of the possible replacements but this wasn't happened. Nevertheless Jan Anderson had some collaboration with Vangelis later. Also this time Jan Anderson voices evolved somehow and it doesn't have that superficial aspect like on Fragile or Close to the Edge(from the instrumental point of view I consider this one their masterpiece). On Relayer the sound is much more spacey and experimental. Steve Howe experiments with his guitar are simply amazing.

For me it is simply hard not to give 5 stars to this release because it is almost perfect in every way: technicality, progression, melody, composition...everything.

petrica | 5/5 |


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