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Magnification

Yes Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
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Who'd have thought it? Magnification is the strongest, freshest set of new Yes material in a long time. Having thoroughly exhausted the world's supply of classically inclined rock keyboard players, the four remaining members of Yes have dispensed with that perennially bothersome ivory-tickling slot altogether. And so Messrs Jon Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire, and Steve Howe have enlisted the temporary services of soundtrack composer Larry Groupe, whose cinematic orchestrations lend a thoroughly modern aura to the band's sonic palette. Anyone expecting smugly complacent, stagnant, stuck-in-the-1970s prog rock will be thoroughly disappointed by the emotionally engaging ambition, revised logic, and sensibly channeled material. "We Agree," "Dreamtime," and, particularly, the melodic "Give Love Each Day" are standout tracks on an album that--as the title suggests--really does hold up well to close scrutiny. --Kevin Maidment

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
A lot of rock bands try the orchestra thing, though not all succeed in blending the contrasts of classical and (progressive) rock together successfully. Given the humdrum state of Yes' most recent studio albums (Open Your Eyes and The Ladder), I certainly had my doubts-but one listen to Magnification told all: Yes had climbed their way back to the top of their game, and outdone themselves, to boot.
This is the most powerful effort from Yes since the Keys to Ascension studio material (which was released in the mid-1990's). My only complaint is "Don't Go," which doesn't seem to quite fit in with the rest of the material. However, it's not enough to detract from what is (arguably) Yes' greatest work to date.
Thumbs up, and ears perked!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes Magnify the Positive July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Magnification" sees Yes (Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White) teaming up with Larry Groupe and his orchestra. Maybe their mellotrons finally fell to pieces, and they needed some strings! Whatever the reason, the results are interesting. On first listen I didn't think much of it at all. Didn't hate it, didn't like it. But each listen since, I've enjoyed it more and more.
Even though it has an orchestra, I wouldn't call this album progressive rock. The orchestra is arranged more like a film score than in a classical way, and the songs are closer to Yes' pop efforts than they are to their more extended, experimental works. Vocalist Jon Anderson (whose voice is still great after all these years), Alan White's drums and the orchestra are all up the front of the mix, while Chris Squire's bass and Steve Howe's guitar, though they have a couple of good parts here and there, are in the background most of the time. The results are everything from tense and pacy (Spirit of Survival) to sweeping and emotion filled (We Agree). "Don't Go" is poppy, and features some elements of techno music (the resonance shifts at the start, for example). "Soft as a Dove" is an interesting one. With MIDI guitar and tone coloured vocals sounds like Jon Anderson recorded it on his laptop, and the orchestra overdubbed later.
No, this isn't exactly "Close to the Edge". However, Magnification is definitely Yes. They have had many lineups over the years, and have tried many different styles and approaches, but they have always been optimistic. I'd have to say that this is one of their most positive albums, particularly the lyrics, which are some of the most direct they've done. On the title track, we are told to "realize that everything is love".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Purification? July 1 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Magnification is the "Let it be" case for Yes. The compositions on Magnification belong to the best ones Yes has ever written. Andersons voice still is a revelation of purest beauty after all these years, the musicianship is masterful. However, the pseudoclassical treatment destroys this record. There are passages where Howes guitar instead of standing out as the group's true musical statement is made almost invisible by a soulless army of violins. I suggest that Yes should get rid of the orchestra and release the record newly as "Purification".
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute...Phenomenon! April 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Magnification is one of those rare "classic rock" band cd's that is not redundant or retro. It is a contemporary cd with a timeless quality. It perfectly balances their signature style and sound and places the caliber of their musicianship into levels of balanced near perfection.
Each musicians style and identity is in clear focus and Jon Anderson's vocals are some of the best of his recorded history.
I don't miss Rick Wakeman or Tony Kaye here. It is as full of a musical experience as any artist or band should strive for.I hold this CD in a place equal to Yes' most successful CD's. The focus on songwriting and seeking a lyrical emphasis that is true to who they are as human beings and seasoned players is sincere, and at times very moving. Also,I feel that the strings work really well in this context. "Time And A Word had the same effect with repeated listenings but, this collection has immediacy and a maturity that is placed as a sonic palette. It works, period. I can't say enough about how great this album is. It is an absolute...Phenomenon. Buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's better than Open Your Eyes!! April 11 2004
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Hummm, then again. . listening to my dog try to pass a corn cob beats listening to Open Your Eyes. Really, the truth is, this recording has four decent songs on it and the rest are so-so at best. Certainly, not what you would call classic Yes and I can't help but wonder if they will ever capture that great classic sound. . . They currently have the right line-up, that is until Rick gets pissed off and leaves the band for the 246th (or whatever) time . . . . I know a lot of people disagree but I really wish they would go back to their epic song writing like they did on Close to the Edge, Fragile, and Relayer. The boys still seem to be trying to record something that is going to get "airplay" and that is where they end up shooting themselves in the foot. . I hate to say it, but Yes is never going to get the airplay that it did when 90125 was released. . . . the timing for that release was perfect because at that time there was a lot of crap being played on rock radio and something interesting was really really needed and so 90125 was it . . . had it been released any other time and I doubt the album would have been the big hit that it was. But anyway, my point is that Yes really needs to start recording for its remaining fans and forget about trying to pick up new ones. . . it's interesting to note that many of the young Yes fans (12-25)that I know really like the old stuff and usually snub the 90125, Talk, Open Your Eyes, etc., etc. I am certainly glad that the Boys are still playing --- I just really wish they would go back to their epic song writing style . . forget about trying to get into the rock-n-roll hall of fame and just make music. . okay???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Life
Members of the Yes tribe are fortunate to hear music that returns us to our
senses as we connect with our ancestors, ancient cultures, and the eternal
Universal... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Dr. Kevin Keough
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts up a fight with Going for the One, Fragile
I do not care what some of the reviews about this album say, giving Magnification 1 or 2 stars. This is worth all five stars. The orchestra is AMAZING! Read more
Published on March 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Por fin
Quizás sea excesivo dar 5 estrellas a Magnification, pero en realidad, más que a su estricto valor musical, se las doy a lo que representa. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by J. B. Fresno
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Yes.
I have been a Yes fan since the early 70's. I live in an area that doesn't have a rock station that plays latest releases... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by jalcruces
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile addition to my collection.
Actually 3.5 stars.
I came to know the band when "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge" were fresh, attracted to the classical and symphonic nature of their... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey Yes Fans Wake Up and Don't Write Me With Your Opinions
This is a fair album.
Brief Review Of This Group:
Second Greatest Band Ever, Should Not Be In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because Those People Who Vote There Couldn't... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Make that 4.5 Actually...
I was a bit skeptical of this release at first. The official Yes website posted a press release about this being a symphonic album and among the track listing was the title "Soft... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by David Hinze
1.0 out of 5 stars The anti-Topographic: the WORST album of all time
The band that once created the best albums of all time in Tales From Topographic Oceans and Relayer created the polar opposite in Magnification--the WORST album of all time. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by Karl Meischen
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