In retrospect, this seems remarkably overstated -- but still enjoyable for those who like long rock instrumentals (the instrumentals aren't padding; in some cases they're the whole point of the song). The classical references are fun.
A classic progressive rock album. One of the very best.
No amount of prose can take away the grace, talent, melody and quality of music made by The Moody Blues, King Crimson, Traffic, Yes, Jethro Tull, E, L & P, etc. So, there!
You know, sometimes listening to the likes of "progressive/symphonic" rock from the early 1970's can be a bit of a chore. It really can.
And, just like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes were yet another band who certainly had a knack for being annoyingly heavy-handed at times. They really did.
But, with that all aside - Solely on the strength of 4 out of 9 tracks on this "Fragile" CD, I rank this particular offering from Yes with a solid 3-star-rating.
Sure "Fragile" was loaded with all sorts of meandering instrumental filler in order to pad out some of the more weaker songs - But, with sure-fire musical triumphs such as Roundabout, Long Distant Runaround and Mood For A Day - I'm quite willing to forgive Yes for their tendency, at times, to lean towards poor musical judgement and blatant misfires.
*Note* - Fragile's impressive record-jacket artwork was created by illustrator, Roger Dean, whose many paintings went on to grace other Yes albums, following in Fragile's footsteps.
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