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RELAYER

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.37 | 2983 ratings

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Scorpius
4 stars More like 4.5/5.

When I picked up this album at a local record store for $5, I wasnt expecting much, but I still gave it a fair shot. What followed was 40 minutes of pure Yes beauty. This was one of my best impulse purchases ever. Patrick Moraz' keyboarding rivals even Wakeman, and all the other members are in fine form. Dont be fooled by my 4 star rating, this is my favorite Yes album.

The album begins with "Gates of Delirium" - a 20 minute epic suite that rivals Close to the Edge and even outlasts it length-wise. One of the most "progressive" songs ever, as it changes pace, tempo, and even style all throughout the song. Probably my favorite Yes song, the last 5 minutes, called "Soon" has to be the most beautiful thing to ever pour out of my headphones. The highlight of the the album for sure.

The second track is "Sound Chaser" - An amazing follow-up to a great suite, this track features probably Steve Howes greatest solo. Not much else to say here, great vocals and great instrumentation. Very fast and almost maddening at times.

The third track is " To Be Over" - The complete opposite of Sound Chaser, this 10 minute track wraps up the album nicely. Very calming an serene, its another beautiful Yes moment, the second on this album alone, along with "Soon".

Track Rating:

"Gates of Delirium" - 5/5

"Sound Chaser" - 4.5/5

"To Be Over" - 4/5

Scorpius | 4/5 |

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