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Patrick Moraz


Crossover Prog

3.35 | 102 ratings

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3 stars This album is very different and quite unique. It is therefore not very helpful to compare it to any previous work Moraz had been involved in up till then, like the Mainhorse and Refugee albums or Yes' Relayer album. Being a member of Yes at this time, when all the members released solo albums, Moraz had also helped some of his band mates out on their first solo efforts - we can hear Moraz on Steve Howe's Beginnings and Chris Squire's Fish Out Of Water. But The Story Of I is an all together different beast, together with Jon Anderson's Olias Of Sunhillow it is the least Yes-like of all their solo albums released at this time (though, I have not yet heard Alan White's effort).

The Latin/Brazilian percussion dominates almost all the tracks and is a bit hard to get into at first. However, if you can get over this there is a lot to enjoy here. There is male and female vocals on some parts, but it is mainly instrumental. The best thing about the album is how well it flows from track to track. You get the feeling that this is a complete work. So even if no single part sticks out as great, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and this helps to keep it interesting throughout.

This is hardly my favourite of the Yes members' solo albums, but it holds up quite well, I think. Recommended for all Moraz fans, and serious Yes fans.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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