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Frankie Flowers
4 stars Relayer is the only Yes album to feature Patrik Moraz on keyboards and for me compared to any other albums, the difference in style really stands out.

The epic "The Gates Of Delirium" was inspired by the novel War And Peace and so the lyrics are about the futility of war. The music is a lot more aggressive, particularly with the sounds from the guitar. There is a very chaotic feel and halfway through there are clashing effects. The track ends with a prayer for peace. It's a gentle melody known as "Soon".

There is some jazz fushion with "Sound Chaser". This track is again very different to typical Yes music. It's fast moving with some complex guitar parts. At times, like the first song it turns frantic and dramatic. It's slightly overblown in places, particularly at the end but nothing major.

The last track "To Be Over, is my favourite. It's a complex but more melodic piece. I would say it's among one of my favourite Yes songs. The guitar is nicer here and the electric sitar lets off a splendid atmosphere. Anderson's lyrics are good too.

Some say this album is mostly too pretentious and long winded. I don't agree. The music is challenging for sure. While I can't say it's perfect, it is an excellent album overall.

My rating: 4 solid stars.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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