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5 stars Yes Relayer !!!!! Of the completly progs albums ( in wich i dont include Yes album and Fragile, for different reasons) these is clearly the one i really love. I find to be flaws in every album but i find a little bit pretentious both "Close to the edge" and "Tales..." in comparation with "Relayer". First of all, ! you can undesrstand the concept!. Second the melodies are bilissfull for the most part of the album. Flaws: It saws sometimes a little bit of the generic sound Yes would adquire later, especialy in the last song. Great things: It have some of the nicest psychedelic sections i,ve heard!. "Gates of Delirium" is easy one of the deffinitive prog-rock sypmhonies. The music is just heaven: The first part with its catchiness and sometimes hard sometimes delicate sound. Then the battle were monster sound is display ( so great with the synth making like the marching really grabs your attention, almost visualy.) It goes into a crescendo with bumping rityhm and then chaos and the end. Next we enter in a psychedelic monster paradise! Thats when it goes into "Soon" ....!Separate this section of the song could be consider the crime of the century!, if you split it you dont understand nothing, im sorry but it have to go in there! When it sounds together into the song it elevates you into a beatifull and emotional climax.

"Sound Chaser" wich many people dispisse i find great and irresistible. C, mon! is a prog anthem about a the sound chaser delighted as another twist of the rityhm comes.......and the song have a joyfull lot indeed, also it have all the things that come together in prog: speeded up jazz, heavy monster psychedelic riffs, some demi-classical section ( in one of those appear like a non-elavorated skech of "awaken") , joy and of course...weirdness (Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha).

"To be over" the weakest point i find it funny, withs its chinesy air of the begining, and all the rock cracks of the pastoralness of the song, the soul dreamer section is great and majestic.

One of my false theorys is that its like a joke, a elevating of the nose to Wakeman because they did the most epical album ( what he wanted to do instead of the noodling of "Tales...") when he went. So thats why he decided to come back! He choose badly.

So in one word essential!!!!

shockedjazz | 5/5 |


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