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4.68 | 5104 ratings

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2 stars Yea I now. You probably think that something is wrong with me. I didn't want to write a review for this album in a first place because I didn't want to spoil a highest ranking album on our pages just because I didn't understand it. But while reading reviews of one of mine favorite albums (Comus - First Utterance) I realize how many people have rate it very low. At first I just thought that they don't understand it but after a while I realize that they just don't like it. After that I decide to write why I don't like this album even If I did try to like it and try thoroughly to listen it.

I now that everybody are saying that great prog music should be complicated but fore me Yes with this album have just overdid it. The music is just to complicated I can hardly ever force myself to listen the songs to the end. They are just to boring. Close To The Edge starts ok you here something like a birds singing which when it gets louder becomes bit acid. Than start guitar and arrhythmic psychedelic music, voice appears for a second and music continues. Two and half minutes of song has past, music continues in somewhat slower rhythm but similar guitar playing is still here. After four minutes starts singing. I never did liked Andersons singing, always thinking that is a lowest part of bands music. It is somewhat to weak, incompatible with the music. But even with that way of thinking singing parts are still best parts of this song and only parts where music gets a god rhythm . After 8 and half minutes is coming atmospheric music and singing the best part of this song and this album. Last 6 minutes are repeating what we have already heard in this already overlengthed song. All in all its not that bad but I cannot rate any song higher than three if it had boring parts.

And You And I nothing extraordinary here its just ok at least for 3 minutes and 40 seconds after that follows 2 totally unnecessary minutes of song. And than again follows part that is even worse than the first 3 minutes and 40 seconds of song. I would never consider one album to be a close to perfection if it had this song on it.

Siberian Khatru offers nice opening, nice rhythm, god guitar solo but even after all this it gets boring and I cannot wait fore this song to finish but finish never comes and when it comes I all ready have a headache. So the reason why I don't like this album is because songs are unnecessary long and they have habit becoming boring . Although I don't deny that Yes is a great band and that they are superb musicians which can be seen even in this album I still think that they have over did it here and that this album is overrated.

Songs ratings: Its very hard fore me to rate these songs but considering all in the and just 2 stars.

Archangel | 2/5 |


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