Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Yes - Relayer CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.37 | 3005 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

3 stars Once there was a time in which "Relayer" was the most controversial album in all Yes cannon. Good old days! Ever since came "90125" (pop, but still a good album), "Big Generator" (poppier and almost ulistenable), "Union" (Rick Wakeman went straight to the point: this one should be called "Onion" - makes me cry, too), "Open Your Eyes" (this is by far the worst album they made). And everybody forgot all the buzz about "Relayer". Let's be honest: "To be Over" is as beautiful as "You and I", "Sound Chaser" has some great moments (although a bit boring in others) and "The Gates of Delirium" is a fantastic, marvellous epic and the closest thing to an unforgettable lyric Yes have ever made (I don't like Yes's lyrics - almost all their lyrics are confusing, pretentious or senseless). Patrick Moraz does a fine job, but his style is much different of Wakeman's, and all other musicians are on top form. So, what's wrong with "Relayer"? To many prog fans, replace Rick Wakeman in a band looks like Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding reforming "Experience" with another guitar player; in a word, SACRILEGE!!! Instead, if you are open minded, you will listen to "Relayer" with pleasure, although it's not as good as Yes's masterpieces (like "The Yes Album", "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge").
| 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this YES review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives