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4 stars Hmm, Close to the Edge. This is a tricky one for me.

The title track is monumental, one of the great tracks Yes ever recorded. Starting with shimmering synths, it erupts into Crimson- esque complexity and cacophony. The song finally settles into more normal Yes fare, which is to say it's on a par with their best of this era and is deserving of the highest rating possible. I won't bother to map out what's great about this song -- that's been thoroughly documented on this site.

But I start having problems with the album after that. And You and I, and Siberian Khatru, are both good enough songs, but they never seem to go anywhere. Neither of these would have made the cut on Fragile. There's just not much energy in either, and I think they presage what we'd come to face in the next Yes release.

So I can't call the album essential, though it certainly belongs in any comprehensive prog collection.

jammun | 4/5 |


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