Taken as a musical whole, this three-part suite is very sound, but what does begin to jar are some of the lyrics. In the 90s, even with the hippie revival and new age travellers, lyrics such as ‘my eyes convinced eclipsed with the younger moon attained with love’ do make you shake your head and say out loud, ‘whaaaat?!’ Yes have been shabbily treated by the press over the years yet their continuing popularity is in some way a vindication of their immense talent as musicians. Steve Howe’s guitar work sounds justly confident, Chris Squire’s bass wanders and thunks throughout, but what makes the album so good is the highly melodic theme that runs through everything.
Tracks: Solid Time Of Change; Total Mass Retain; I Get Up, I Get Down; Seasons Of Man; And You And I; Cord Of Life; Eclipse; The Preacher; Teacher; Siberian Khatru....