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Release Date: Jan 4, 1972
Genres: Album Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 9
The band's breakthrough album, dominated by science-fiction and fantasy elements and new member Rick Wakeman, whose organ, synthesizers, Mellotrons, and other keyboard exotica added a larger-than-life element to the procedings.
Matt Montoya, on may 30, 2006 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 10
Lyrics: 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. // 9
Overall Impression: 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". // 10
aenimafist, on july 05, 2008 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Yes have always had their own signature sound. It is like they got and endorsement from the sound god and then are trying to use it to become the kings of the eclectic. They have stolen the throne and are now running the land. Rick Wakeman's insane keyboarding skills have been propelling Yes for as long as they have been with this artist. Again the bass-work is absolutely phenominal. The speed and agility in the fingers to navigate a bass fretboard as fast as Roundabout takes monster skill. // 10
Lyrics: Some of the best lyrics ever written will come from the singing man in this band: Jon Anderson. He has taken his slice of pie from the sound god and used it to create his own signature vocal sound. There aren't many vocalists in the music industry who can duplicate his vocal range and variety. His best performance is definately on Roundabout. People would probably say well yeah because that's their biggest hit. Well if any of you knew the music theory behind the piecing together of the song you might appreciate it even more. // 10
Overall Impression: Fragile was totally ground-breaking for its era and I think if it was released in today's world it would still recieve remarkable amounts of praise. I didn't like this on as much as I did Close to the Edge however but the epics on that record are nearly impossible to beat. The best songs are Roundabout, We Have Heaven, Long Distance Runaround, and Fish. Those are mine. Plus if you get the special edition re-release of the album you get "America" originally by Simon and Garfunkel, and a rough mix of Roundabout where you can hear all of the studio screw-ups before the mix. Fun additions to a prog rock classic. // 10