Finally: An Album That Magnifies Nearly Everything We Love About Yes

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29 jui. 2011, 1h26m

If there's one Yes album that comes close to reaching the musical caliber of the band's masterworks of the 70s, it's Magnification.

True, there's no keyboard wizardry to complement Steve Howe's immaculate guitar and Chris Squire's melodic bass. Rather, the keyboards have been replaced by a full orchestra--brilliantly.

Few bands, I believe, have the talent to meld traditional rock instruments and elements with a full orchestra. I can't help but think that Jon Anderson is the force behind this effort, as some of the instrumental themes are reminiscent of his orchestral solo effort, Change We Must.

The album ranges from hard-driving to ambient and moody, but no track falls short of the high standards the band set in its golden age. Magnification is a must for all fans of superb progressive rock.

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