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5 stars Tales From Topographic Oceans: Masterpiece...

...Love it, or hate it, Tales From Topographic Oceans is a defining moment in our music history. Being one of the most controversial albums of the progressive genre, it needs to be appreciated for specifically that reason. This album is an absolutely essential in your music collection (Prog fan or not), regardless of reviews you've read, simply so you can see what all the damn fuss is about.

As for myself, I love every precious second of the 80 minutes Yes style extravaganza. Yes being one of the pioneers of long playing 'Epic' songs, has broken into untouched territory with releasing a double (concept?) album. I would admire their courage for such an act, even if the album was terrible. However, when I listened to it, what my ears told me was; This is the best damn 80 minutes of my life, escalating my admiration level towards Yes to near god like.

Each song is like an endless dream, doused with psychedelic guitar, enchanting vocals, smooth mood altering keyboards, which add the Topographic landscape to the album, and the hypnotizing, wave like beats brought on by the percussion. The level of musicianship which all five members reach is beyond par of any album before, truly making them all masters of their kind.

Don't be stubborn, listen to the most disputed album from the golden era of Progressive Rock. But remember, whether you intensely attach yourself to this album, or loath every moment of it, remember; Tales From Topographic Oceans is a true masterpiece of our time.

OzzProg | 5/5 |


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