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3.89 | 2354 ratings

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3 stars Prog's most notorius album is nowhere near as bad as the media would have the public believe

Side 1 The best of the four with some good melodies and contributions from Wakeman. The most enjoyable of the four and very good for the first ten minutes but petering out.Wakeman never sounds inspired after this side

Side 2 Nothing I like about this side. Seems to be nothing happening and going nowhere with no hooks

Side 3 Seems to be the most coherent structurally of the 4 with some quite good passages but at other times it can feel like an overextended jam. Creativity is high here.

Side 4 This side starts well but again I think they had run out of ideas and started jamming to fill in the space.

Potentially a masterpiece because creativity was high but they never had the material to sustain the concept for four sides and lyrically it is uninteresting not even creating the word imagery of other Yes efforts.

| 3/5 |


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