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Magnification [CD]

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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B00005NIDK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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YES Magnification CD

Who'd have thought it? Magnification is the strongest, freshest set of new Yes material in living memory and fundamentally different to anything the veteran prog-rock unit has ever recorded before. Having thoroughly exhausted the world's supply of classically inclined rock keyboard players (Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes and Igor Khorosev) the four remaining--and possibly exasperated--members of Yes have taken the fantastically brave decision to dispense with that perennially bothersome ivory-tickling slot altogether. And so Messrs Anderson, White, Squire and Howe have enlisted the temporary services of Emmy-award-winning television and movie score composer Larry Groupe, whose cinematic orchestrations--dancing flutes, Bond theme brass, tsunami-like strings--lend a whole new and thoroughly modern aura to the band's sonic palette. Anyone expecting smugly complacent, stagnant, stuck-in-the-1970s prog-rock (and the keyboards were always the giveaway) will be thoroughly disappointed by the emotionally engaging ambition, revised logic and sensibly-channelled instrumental prowess of the material on offer. "We Agree", "Dreamtime" and--particularly--the impressively widescreen and superbly melodicised "Give Love Each Day" are all stand-out tracks on an album which--as the title suggests--really does hold up well to close scrutiny. --Kevin Maidment

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finesse, delicacy, space and emotion. 11 Sep 2001
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Magnification sees Yes articulate a deft delicacy of touch that is as surprising as it is welcome, especially as many of the band's past albums could be sometimes be accused of having just "too many notes". But then, there are two recent members missing on this offering, which has opened things up considerably and created - the hardest notes of all to play - space (and as Anderson sings in the powerful Dreamtime, "Words never spoken are the strongest resounding"). Probably thoroughly fed up with the carousel of keyboard players over the years (five at last count) Anderson, Howe, Squire and White have contracted out the supply of musical textures to an orchestra. The core rock supplied by bass, guitar, drums and vocals is trademark but refurbished Yes, and the orchestra dances around the edges of the music like foam-capped waves, crashing and swelling at times, at others lapping gently, washing across the senses like a balm. Not that there aren't lots of notes, but everything is delivered - both orchestra and band - with great restraint and mutual respect for the other. Even the occasional driving riff is presented with calculated precision.
The problem with this album is that it is likeable almost immediately. And that's a problem because Yes records historically seemed almost designed to grow on you, and in the growing their quality and longevity was assured.
The first thing that strikes you about Magnification is the excellence of the production - yet it is not overproduced. There is a clarity to the recording which is quite astonishing; Howe's guitars sparkle, Anderson's vocals and multiple harmonies are smooth and seductive, White's drums and Squire's bass stake out their own proper place at the driving centre of the music.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys are Back in Town! 14 Sep 2001
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Until the recent 'Ladder' album, Yes music had been stale for some years. And that's putting it kindly.
This music though is by far their best in 20 years. The 'Magnification' album just has to be heard to be believed.
The production and depth of sound quality is the best that I have heard on any album ever. Mixed on ProTools at Trevor Horn's LA studio, the instrumentation and vocals stand out beautifully.
It's no accident that Tim Wiedner is a producer from the Trevor Horn management stable - his open and airy production style washes all over this recording and he enhances the Yes sound in a way that we have not heard since Trevor Horn produced '90125'. Well done Tim!
As for the music, I can't believe how listenable this album is. The orchestral work by Larry Groupe has been incorporated into the writing of the tracks from the word go and it sounds like it.
Thankfully there's no bad Rick Wakeman keyboard sounds on this album. In fact keyboards are kept to a minimum - just piano that is played by Alan White, the drummer, in a rather percussive style.
Vocal and instrumental harmonies are the best in years. Finally, Steve Howe's guitar work is restrained when he needs to be and yet he comes to the fore in a great way when required. There is some lovely and varied guitar work on this album from him.
Bassist Chris Squire has returned to form over the past few years and he has his wonderful bass style stomped all over this album.
He's excellently backed up by Alan White on drums - this rhythm duo really carries the album and Squire continues to prove that he is the real heart and soul of this band.
Tim Weidner really gets the best out of Anderson and Squire's vocals. Jon Anderson really sounds wonderful.
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"Magnification" is a rousing, joyful opener. Right at the beginning, Howe's guitar and Squire's bass are immediately distinctive. A deceptively simple piece, "Magnification", as with the album named after it, repays attention to its detail. Anderson's lyrics throw a bundle of images at the listener. The music is richly textured and the orchestra doesn't just provide a bland wash of strings as so often in orchestral/rock crossovers: it is an equal 'member' of the band. Groupé even gets in some solid riffs.
Groupé has something of the feel of George Martin in his work. A Martin-esque crescendo ends the first track and we segue into the melancholic and then violent "Spirit of Survival". Up-tempo, driving bass, stabs from the horns and strings, Anderson's strident lyrics, Howe's solos... The flip side to "Magnification", they are both great tunes, both only slightly let down by simplistic choruses. Anderson's lyrics are that strange and unique mix of the prosaic and spiritual.
"Don't Go" is the most 'pop' affair on the album and the least orchestral. For all its similarities to ELO, I love its quirky nature. The lyrics suggest a complex story, yet hearing the whole album doesn't make the story much clearer. There are hints, recurring lyrical themes, but this isn't a coherent, single narrative and I think it works better for that.
"Give Love Each Day" is the centrepiece of the album for me. An extended orchestral opening section feels very modern with similarities to Oliver Knussen. There are similarities The Ladder, the band's last album, but I think Yes have upped their game. This is a piece of emotional contrast between maudlin verses and an aspirational verse.
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Published 20 days ago by Hausig
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 years later, Yes get it right!
31 years on from the interesting but rather flawed 'Time and a word' where Yes, in their enthusiasm to broaden their sound, brought in an orchestra, they get the combination... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Keith Plant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes are still going - well they were 10 years a go
I'd not bought or heard a yes album for 25 years, going for the one, was the last one.

Without a keyboard player yes went for an orchestra. It really works. Read more
Published 19 months ago by the boss
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
What can I say?? I have been a Yes fan since 1977 and love the band in all their manifestations but this album is something very different. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Electron
5.0 out of 5 stars The One guy who gave the single star for this needs a hearing test
thats all i really had to say - BUT IT HAD TO BE SAID : )

NO OFFENCE - but i loved it
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by Ricky Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes last shining record.
Magnification is probably the last piece of high quality music we will ever get from Yes. It is a rare gem as the band plays without keyboards, and in a band where keys have had so... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010
1.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with the other reviewers ears???!!!!
I can't believe that this album has so many positive reviews.

The only track on here worthy of mention is "In the presence of.. Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by L. GERRARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the Century classical 1900s
Recently, having made an effort to catch up on 20 years or so of not listening to much rock music Ive had the chance to compare the output of various bands concurrently. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2008 by J. P. Oneill
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly no comparison
Sadly, very sadly in fact, I cannot disagree more with the other reviews for this album. For me, Yes remains as my most treasured music...early Yes that is. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2007 by Orandj
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes - they can still make a great album
This is an hour of wonderful, uplifting songs and vocal/musical arrangements from Yes. I bought it from Amazon in the amazingly priced 'Essentially Yes' boxed set and it is my... Read more
Published on 27 April 2007 by Mr. Rv Ord
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