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The Lost Chord
5 stars 9.0/10 Incredible

At the opening of Gates I felt the new sound of YES, or the changed sound...I heard it sleightly in Topographic but now we are really in a new time for the band. Relayer, though, is almost perfect. I love Gates to death, and find To Be Over to be their best track since And You And I from Close to the Edge. Now, Gates while incredible and great does not compete with To Be Over...To Be Over is another alien moment where Jon Anderson must have been given permission by his leader on their planet to indulge in his alien intellect. I would like to know those mysertious lyrics very bad.

So, This is greatness again and definitely feels more constructed and concise than Tales from Topographic. It is much shorter and clearly put forth with 3 easily seperated tracks. Sound Chaser I do not really like, though, it is OK. This is where I have to take my points of: Sound Chaser and the terrible keyboard work of Pat Morass, excuse me Moraz, who takes enjoyment in using terrible sounding synths and streamlining them over the greatness of all the other members sounds. To Be Over is just so good that his solo can't damage it really, but whenever that solo kicks I always just want to cut it out and get a nice Wakeman one in there or something, maybe on an old fashioned Moog with some nice ripping sound.

A great album, a bit more fluffy sounding and much further away from the Close to the Edge sound of the old days now, but still excellent. Check it out!!!!

The Lost Chord | 5/5 |


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