Don't believe what the critics tell you. This is an amazing album. At first i was a little turned off by the
overall length, the absence of Bill Bruford and the length of the tracks. But I gave it a try, and i fell in love
with it instantly.
By the time Yes came out with their cornerstone, Close to the Edge, the music was growing beyond analysis expand a song from 10 minutes to almost 20. A Jon Anderson was growing extremely obssessed with so many different international cultures that it soon began to swamp the power that Yes had. However, it also led to one of the most unique albums of the century, with 4 songs that were heavily indulgent and almost all surpassed 18 minutes. While it was one of Yes's first flaws in their Classic age, it was not major.
This could possibly be my favorite album ever actually. But I don't think most people would like it or even should like it. It really takes too much time than its worth for most people but I would say it is essential listening for Yes fans.