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RELAYER

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.37 | 3002 ratings

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asuma
5 stars Undoubtedly, Relayer represents this group's boldest undertaking; being fostered by some of Steve Howe's most brilliant and unrestrained playing on "The Gates Of Delirium" and "Sound Chaser", and by the appearance (alas, for this album only) of Patrick Moraz on keyboard. Moraz's playing infuses this music with a more free and jazzy feel which was missing with Kaye and Wakeman. Of course, Chris Squire anchors the whole album with his distinctive bass genius, and Alan White makes perfection sound easy on percussion. The work is highly instrumental, but Jon Anderson's vocals shine through at the appropriate moments. We can only guess at what this particular lineup might have achieved in subsequent recordings - no doubt it would have been extraordinary. Beware; this work is not for the faint of heart. It makes some pretty big demands on some listeners - it is definitely "an acquired taste" for many as there is much here to take in. But, if you persevere, you'll be richly rewarded. It is an important and enduring work - a rare gem indeed!
asuma | 5/5 |

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