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Theo Verstrael
3 stars Well, even great bands make big mistakes. And undoubtedly Yes has made quite some mistakes during their enduring career but somehow always got back on the right tracks in time. Relayer was probably a first indication that they might loose their way somewhere in the years to come. It is a very unbalanced album, in my opinion, with two fabulous tracks and one absolute crap one. 'Gates' is Yes at their best. A truly impressive epic, with different moods, romantic passages interluded with heavy guitars and keyboards and sometimes heavenly vocals by Jon Anderson. The only critic may be that the differences may be a bit too much witin one song; to me that's no problem at all. But then, aarghhh, Sound chaser. I file this song among the worst Yes hads ever recorded. It is extremely hard to listen to, it has no catching melody, it is just crap. Sorry guys! Fortunately 'To be over' ranks amongst the best Yes has ever recorded. Beautiful vocals, beautiful guitar playing, rich layers, I really love that one! It is such a beautiful, haunting song that it hardly imaginable that it really is the same band as the one that played that horrible 'Sound chaser'. Yet it is. And therefore this album, indeed heavily overrated, gets only three stars.
Theo Verstrael | 3/5 |


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