Yes: Tales from Topographical Oceans
I took this on out of interest as it is an LP I have consciously avoided listening to. I am familiar with bits and pieces of the Yes back catalogue and am of the view that it all is not for me. I really wanted to see if I could overcome the prejudice I grew up with about the bands denigrated by the punk movement (Yes, ELO, Supertramp etc).
I was careful to read up on the vinyl before I played the TIDAL stream and then pause the music to consider each side in turn. I do this with all new LPs, effectively thinking about the music I listened to as I flip the LP. I wanted to treat this as a vinyl LP as that was the format the artists designed it for, hence the pauses to the TIDAL stream.
Firstly, it is clear to me that each of the musicians involved is supremely talented. Their ability to play extremely complicated pieces to rapidly changing time signatures was quite impressive. I have to say that the vocals do nothing for me and the lyrics are utter nonsense. The overall impression I took away from listening to this was what an unstructured mess it is. Much of the music I listen to is derived from a single riff that provides both rhythm and melody. Here, I found it hard to find any melodic structure as the music seems to wander about. There is nothing really resembling a riff or central motif in any of the songs. Rather, to my mind they evolve in a random fashion which was very interesting at first. However, in the end, there was nothing I could really hang on to and respond to.
In the same way that this week's AAAC did nothing for me, this LP was something I found myself almost observing rather than listening to. I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't like it. The best description I can provide is that the music arrived from my speakers and provoked no response from me.
I know the RAM rules say listen to the LP three times.
Fuck. That. For. A. Laugh.
Summary: Mercifully it was largely flute-free.