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5 stars I'm not a huge fan of this album, but it is essential. Here, Yes did the final work of progressive rock, a concept album, 20 minutes song, and every single track is no doubtly, the progressivest thing ever released. And it's probably because of that, most of persons dislike this album.

The Revealing Science Of God - Dance Of The Dawn: In my opinion, the second best track, a little bit worse than "Ritual". It begins with the voice of Anderson, and Howe's guitar "crying" in the backgroud, a catchy start... And the music starts very well... But it goes ahead, and it start to borrow me... After de first 15 minutes, the thing starts to change (but it's a hell wait for this 15 minutes) It's here were the song really start, it leads you to an amazing Wakeman's solo, and back to the first moments, you think: that thing again?. But don't worry it's not the same thing, it's much better, and finally the end of the song... With Anderson saying: and you, and you, and you, and you... That's the best part of the song, 4,5 stars becouse of the last five minutes. 4.5/5

The Remembering - High The Memory: Jesus Crist, at this point i was thinking: I hope they keep the level, becouse another 3 tracks with 20 minutes... please, 3 really good tracks. This song don't let you down, but don't make you happy too... diferently from the first track, that makes you sleep but wake you up and what a waked! This song is more light, more like a ballad... Again, the end of the song, the lst five minutes, it's the peak! Were Howe really starts to play... but nothing amazing like the first track... 3.5/5

The Ancient - Giants Under The Sun: Whow! Now the thing is going better! Welcome to the band Alan White! And Howe starts to play violin with his guitar, really nice start! But the song keeps like that for 15 minutes again* -.-" Finally Howe pick's his classical guitar and the song change a little bit and this is kind of pretty... Nothing fantastic... Only the start is fantastic, but it is REALLY fantastic... 4,5/5

Ritual - Nous Sommes Du Soleil: The Last chance of Yes to do something really good, And here it is... The nice beggining, with Howe playing like never! You start to think: is this another Close to the Edge? It's not another CTTE, but almost that! And the song calms down... Anderson start to sing... And the song continue, with Howe leading it. In the 13 minute, Howe start to play diferently, what's going on? 14 minute, White starts to play, the song change, it's life if a Ritual was really happening! And it all stops! Anderson voice... Flying home... Going home... We love when we play...Nous sommes du soleil. STOP! "Nous sommes du soleil, we love when we play..." THIS is really emotive, we are the music, and we love to play it, this IS Yes. 5 Guys who really know music and want to play it! Becouse they like it! That's the fantastic, they want money, but that's not their first objective! And the song is over... This is a toutchy song... and fantastic at the same time... absolutely AMAZING! 6/5

Overall: 4.5/5 Here, 4.5 is 5 stars, so, it's five stars...

* Just to let something really clear, when i say that the song is the same for 15 minutes, im not saying that it's exatly the same thing, this is progressive rock, so it has to change, but it's the same atmosphere.

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