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The Crow
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3 stars After the incredible Close to the Edge, Yes failed to bring the magic back!

Because Tales From Topographic Oceans, despite having great moments, is a convoluted, overlong and irregular album with too much protagonist from Steve Howe and Jon Anderson (who wrote unintelligible lyrics for this album by the way) , leaving not too many moments to the other members of the band.

Nevertheless, Alan White is a fine successor of Bruford, the production of Eddy Offord was great as usual, and the record had its influence through posterior decades, like we can hear in posterior releases like Mike Oldfiled's Incantations.

Best Tracks: I especially like the second and fourth sections!

Conclusion: with a shorter length, less forgettable moments and not so much protagonist of the monotone voice that Anderson used for this songs, Tales From Topographic Oceans could have been much better.

Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable album with a pair of truly beautiful moments.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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