- Audio CD (Feb. 22 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Beyond
- ASIN: B00005NWMK
- Other Editions: DVD Audio
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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!!!
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".Read more ›
I came to know the band when "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge" were fresh, attracted to the classical and symphonic nature of their work. Read more