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5 stars This would be my favorite Yes album if not for Sound Chaser. It starts off with my all-time fav Yes song, The Gates of Delirium, which tells the story of a huge battle. From the strange synth/guitar intro, to the uplifting Verses, to the wicked main riff, to the whole battle section in which each member (except Jon Anderson) wigs out on their respective instruments, to the perfect emotional ending Soon, featuring slide guitar by Howe, the whole song is just fantastic. It gives one the same emotional feeling that you get at the end of songs like Rush's Jacob's Ladder. And you would think tht not having Wakeman would kill this album, but Moraz fits in quite nicely, and brings something new to the band. Sound Chaser, the second song, is really hard jazz. Now I'm not a big fan of Jazz, so this song didn't have much of a chance with me. Parts of it are good, like the Verse and the slide guitar parts, and each member plays really well, but overall, just ugh. I really hate that messed up 'Jah Jah Jah JAH JAH' chanting thing too. But the last song on the album, To Be Over, is fantastic and emotional. Great guitar, both electric and acoustic, and sitar played by Steve Howe. Just a great way to end the album. So The Gates of Delirium and To Be Over are just great for any fan of music, but Sound Chaser may be only good for jazz-prog fans, its still good though. All in all a must-have masterpiece from Yes.
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