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4 stars And here we are at the subject, arguably, of Prog-Rock's demise. There is quite a bit to dislike here; the band really seemed to overextend itself. Rick Wakeman had virtually no impact on the album (which explains why he quit) and Chris Squire didn't seem to have that same pop in the bass as the previous albums did. Jon Anderson made some of the weirdest lyrics I have ever heard in a song. If I had trouble understanding Close to the Edge, I don't have a prayer of a chance on TFTO. But now, the positives...

This album is BRIMMING with potential. It didn't have to be nearly as long as it was. Personally, The Ancient wasn't really my cup of tea, except for Steve Howe and Jon Anderson at the end, who really made my day the first time I listened to it. The first and last tracks, The Revealing Science of God and Ritual are the strongest on this album. Howe throughout TFTO is beastly, and Alan White makes a very strong debut, some of his best work, in my opinion. Ritual has turned into one of the coolest songs to see live, especially when Chris gets a chance to play. But perhaps my favorite moment on this album is towards the end of the second track The Remembering. Anderson, Squire (I believe) and Howe combine to make a simply beautiful, uplifting, powerful harmony. (something they went on to perfect on Awaken) So, would I say this is a masterpiece? Probably not. But, is it essential? I believe that to fullly understand what Symphonic Rock is, one can't stop at CTTE. They HAVE to pick up this one, and see where it was headed. Four and a Half Stars.

AmericanKhatru | 4/5 |


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