Ratings and Reviews
1. The Revealing Science of God (The Dance of the Dawn):
Easily the best song on the album!!! One of Yes’s best songs, period. The vocal harmonies, Chris’s bass, Howe’s guitar, White’s drumming, and Wakeman’s keyboards blend perfectly in this epic masterpiece.
2. The Remembering (High the Memory):
Overall, a good track. It can be a bit boring at times, but for the most part it is really good. Kind of like track one, but less intense.
3. The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun):
Worst track on the album. It’s essentially an 18 minute guitar solo with some vocals thrown in here and there. While Howe’s playing is admirable, it gets old after a bit, and leaves you wanting to hear the rest of the band. When the rest of the band does come in, it’s only briefly and underwhelming.
4. Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil):
This track is the second best on the Album. Much like the first track, it has a perfect blend of the five members. The only down side is Alan White’s drum solo towards the end. And It’s just a personal preference thing. Some may enjoy it, I just think it sounds a bit out of place.
1. The Revealing Science of God
3. The Remembering
4. The Ancient
Many say that this album is a prime example of prog rock gone too far, and I see their point. It is a bit excessive and a little self indulgent at times. But it still manages to be a pretty good album. “The Ancient” is the only bad song on the album (I realize that means 1/4 of the album is bad). However, Tracks 1 and 4 are so good that it definitely makes up for it. Honestly, if Yes just released a single LP with just those two tracks, it would go down as a prog masterpiece right up there with CTTE, 2112, and DSOTM.
Either the peak of Yes' powers, or the point they lost it
This is either the album that Yes reasched the peak of their powers or where they completely lost it, depending on your point of view. Personally, I see both points of the story. Forget for a moment the ridiculous concept behind this album. You can read about that elsewhere. Let's focus on the actual music.
Side 1, The Revealing Science of God, is probably the best of the four. It's closest in feel to the Close to the Edge album and actually has enough hooks to keep you interested through all 20 minutes.
Sides 2 and 3, The Remembering and The Ancient, respectively, just aren't of the same quality. No matter how many times I listen to it I find my mind wandering for spells during these songs, occasionally drawn back in by an interesting section before it wanders off again.
Fortunately for Yes, they pulled it back together on Ritual (Side 4 on the original vinyl), assuming the listener has made it that far, though even that has some parts that tend to meander.
The worst thing I can ever say about an album is that it seems to have no direction, and for large chunks of this album unfortunately that appears to be the case. Even worse is that one of the most memorable moment from the album is a horrific drum solo from the otherwise rock-solid Alan White.
Not for the faint of heart, and if you find 90125 to be your favorite Yes album then avoid this at all costs!
The peak of progressive Yes
WARNING: this album is not for the average listener, considering that it is a double album with only 4 songs, one song on each side. This is the height of progressive Yes, with each member really displaying their chemistry and conceptual abilities. This is really the only concept album by Yes, each song telling a story from different parts of the world. A great album, but it is honestly not one that is not easy to listen to.