this album can bring tears to my eyes. it is, at times, hauntingly beautiful, with atmospheric washes from vangelis that are just right for the song, neither showy nor intrusive. this, however, is just my opinion. if you are unfamiliar with jon anderson's voice, then you possibly ought to check out some of his other work first, especially with Yes. most people either love or hate his voice; for my part, i have to be in the right mood! however, his work with vangelis is much more mellow and accessible than it usually is with Yes. the other thing about jon that i sometimes struggle with is his lyrics. they often don't make sense and they can be ... shall we say, obscure. however, there is less of that obscurity on this album and most of the songs are straightforward. as for vangelis, if you don't know his work, listen to any of his film soundtracks; they will give you a good idea of what to expect here, as this album - and the other two collaborations by J&V - work best as soundtracks to invisible movies. vangelis' ear for sound and timbre is excellent and his work is restrained, providing a landscape for jon to explore. we have a great opportunity to explore it with him.