Fragile review by Yes

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  • Released: Nov 12, 1971
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (18 votes)
Yes: Fragile

Sound — 10
For decades, Yes proved to be the greatest progessive rock band of all time. The classical guitar styles of Steve Howe and the outstanding keyboard of Rick Wake practically guaranteed Yes to be one of the greatest. The songwriting of Chris Squire and the vocals of Jon Anderson made Yes even better, and they hid no talent in this album.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics aren't Bob Dylan good, but still good. Here is an individual review of each song: 01. Roundabout - obviously the highlight of the album, Steve Howe has a classical intro, followed by a great bass line, and nylon strings harmonics. Rick Wakeman has one of the best keyboard solos of his career, and the song has a good outro. 02. Cans And Brahms - not the best on the album, but if you like classical piano playing, you should like this. 03. We Have Heaven - a great song with good vocals from Jon Anderson. 04. South Side Of The Sky - also a good song. Not the best, but good. 05. Five Per Cent For Nothing - an interesting song, which is good to listen to if you're driving up the driveway, and only have time for one more song, because it's only 30 seconds long. 06. Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (schlindleria Praematurus) - a great song with good chords. The Fish has amazing songwriting from Chris Squire. There have been 10 bass lines counted in the song all together. 07. Mood For A Day - another good song, but not one of the highlights. 08. Heart Of The Sunrise - an awesome song with a killer intro.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is one of the best albums from Yes, next to "The Yes Album" and "Yessongs." Guitarists, keyboardists, and just people will enjoy this album. If you like and classic rock where there is more to the music than just screaming, then you will like this album, so I highly recommend it. And thank you, Yes, for "Roundabout", "I've Seen All Good People", "The Fish", "The Gates Of Delirium", and "Perpetual Change".

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    schizoid man77
    Yes= godly and fragile proves it, if you want to here it live get yessongs, It basicaly proves yes was the greatest prog rock band of all time!
    God's Guitarist
    roundabout, south side, long distance and heart of the sunrise were all composed by the group. the other songs were individual pieces. unique way to make an album - south side of the sky: good??? - awesome!!
    GREATEST PROG BAND OF ALL TIME????? I will not deny that they are good...but the greatest prog band will ALWAYS be Pink Floyd.
    yes is the best there is, and the best there ever will be. the only band that blows my mind completely. they dominate king crimson and pink floyd, hands down.