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4.44 | 3226 ratings

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4 stars First of all, to me Fragile is made up of only four true songs and everything else is either A: a solo spot for a musician which really isn't necessary on a studio CD or a unfinished idea. Though most of these are nice and pretty, they don't really add up to a masterpiece. But when I listen to the CD a lot of the songs get skipped. The songs remaining however are CLASSIC.

The first important so is Roundabout. It is a very catchy song with some amazing musicianship, mostly by Rick Wakeman. The keyboard/guitar solo at the end is definitely the highlight for me, but really there is no low point.

The next important song is South Side Of The Sky. This song is the most foretelling of their future albums. The bridge section represents the beginnings of the chaos that would show up more prominently in Topographic Oceans and most of all, Relayer.

Long Distance Runaround and Heart Of The Sunrise are quite possibly the best rhythm section performances ever recorded. Bill Bruford and Chris Squire really are locked into together perfectly. They sound at times like one person on two instruments. Really marvelous. And John Anderson delivers one of his best performances on Heart of the Sunrise, along with Steve Howe.

Those four songs make this album a masterpiece. Unfortunately the remaining five, while good, don't live up to the description of masterpiece.

proghairfunk | 4/5 |


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