Sunday 25 October 2020

Yes - Magnification (2001)

The 17the album from this British band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, percussion, piano, bass, mandolin, guitars and vocals.

The band had help from a full symphony orchestra too.

The band was trying to unite the fans they had got in the 1970s with the fans they had got in the 1980s and 1990s. The result was this album.

Alan White, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Steve Howe was the band on this album. 

It is pretty obvious from the first listening that their fans from the 1970s is those most catered for here. Or the fans they are trying to cater for most here.

The music is really complex at times. 

Unfortunate, this symphony orchestra is everywhere in the pieces of music here and it seems like the band does not trust the material enough on this album to let it breathe on it's own.

There is no keyboards here either and that is a miss.

This album is a half-way house.

That said, this is not a bad album at all. This one hour has some good stuff. But not enough for my liking and it leaves me mostly cold or lukewarm.

2.5 points



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