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5 stars I get up, I get down...

It's difficult to describe "Close to the edge", because many things come to my head when I think in this album. First, each one of Yes musicians had a perfect performance. Each one of the songs included is a masterpiece of progressive rock. If you want to teach somebody what is symphonic rock, you have to start with CTTE. There are many top albums of symphonic rock, but CTTE has something, 'a kind of magic', that I can't explain. I'm sure it happens the same to many people. CTTE is a masterpiece from the beginning to the end.

(1) "Close to the edge": the most significant work of progressive rock. The counterpoint is perfect at this song. Birds and water. Guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. Climax and solemnity. Voices, ecstasy, furious and calm melodies... This work has many things to analyse. It would be better if you listen to this song than if I try to explain it.*****

(2) "And you and I": beautiful song. The style is a mixture of celtic, classical (from Classicism) and rock music. Anderson's voice is incredible. 12-string guitar is amazing. Also, percussion, keyboards and bass are great.*****

(3) "Siberian Khatru": this is a very strange work. Some of rock'n'roll influenced, but it is mixed with many other styles. Again, the counterpoint is fundamental. Harmony is very important here too. Solo parts are awesome. In different parts, the climax is really high.*****

Besides, the general sound is good. A masterpiece... maybe "The Masterpiece" For me "Close to the edge" and 2 or 3 more albums must be included in a 6-star new category.

Marcos | 5/5 |


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