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Time Signature
5 stars A masterpiece of sorts.

'Fragile' is essentially a masterpiece, not only of progressive music, but of rock music in general. But it is a "flawed masterpiece", in the words of Circosick. The album contains mostly interesting tunes, including the accessible, yet challenging, 'Roundabout' and the more challengin and complex 'Heart of the Sunrise', both of which are masterpieces in their own right. This album masterfully integrates, classical and jazz influences into interesting progressive rock compositions.

What's the flaw? Well, to me, the shorter pointless tracks like 'Cans and Brahms', 'We Have Heaven', 'Five Percent of Nothing', and, to some extent, 'Mood For A Day' are somewhat pointless. I would have preferred a longer more complax song to those small tracks, which are mostly just showcase tracks. Yet, the "flaw" is not so grave that this album does not deserve five stars, and, its general status and historical importance is not to be underestimated either, which is also a factor in my giving this album five stars.

All in all, 'Fragile' is highly recommendable, even if you don't like small show-off-while-filling-space-tracks.

Time Signature | 5/5 |


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