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5 stars One can compare "Fragile" to "Close to the Edge", like you compare "Foxtrot" to "Selling England by the Pound". "Fragile" is much better recorded than "Close to the Edge": the sound is much more intimate: the instruments can be better identified. Plus, Bruford's drums are quite more subtle and complex, and his cymbals sounds are quite cleaner. The tracks are much shorter (many only last around 3 minutes). Wakeman's keyboards are more conventional here, quite less floating: mostly organ and piano. "Roundabout" is the first track, very rhythmic, rock and catchy, full of bottom & complex bass. "Cans and Brahms" is a classical interpretation of composer Brahms, featuring Wakeman on very colorful & symphonic keyboards: a strong point on this record! "South Side of the Sky" has great piano, drums and vocals arrangements. "Five Per Cent for Nothing" sounds like a GENTLE GIANT track. Fish is a "wah wah" bass demonstration. The beautiful "Mood for a Day", featuring Steve Howe on the classical guitar, is very melodic and relaxing. The finale "Heart of the Sunrise" is one of the best tracks on "Fragile": Anderson's vocals are OUTSTANDING, and Wakeman uses judiciously mellotron, piano and moog keyboards: the song is long, and the progression is amazing: WOW!

Unfortunately, "Fragile" has not the catchiness & inspiration of "Close to the Edge". "Fragile" is technically OUTSTANDING, but I find the artistic value a bit lower than on "Close to the Edge".


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