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CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.65 | 3130 ratings

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jimidom
5 stars Another crown jewel of progressive rock, Close to the Edge features some of Yes' most complex and challenging music, yet at the same time strikes a balance with some ear-pleasing melodies as well. Close to the Edge was a bold statement hot on the heels of the smash Fragile LP, and it showed the band in dire need to stretch out musically.

The side-long title track is brilliant. It starts off in a hectic 6/4 meter with "Solid Tme of Change", and it features some fine lead guitar from Steve Howe as well as incredible rhythm section work from Bill Bruford and Chris Squire. "Total Mass Retain" features some amazing syncopation from Bruford & Squire, who continue to keep right in 6/4 time. The slow "I Get Up I Get Down" is simply beautiful with some fine vocals from Anderson and lovely harmonies from Squire and Howe. Rick Wakeman adds some grand organ and synthesizer. The final movement, "Season of Man", refrains the first section with a nice key change in the finale.

"And You and I" is a Yes classic and a staple of their live shows. "Cord of Life" features nice vocals from Anderson, Squre, and Howe, and tasty synth work from Wakeman. "Eclipse" features one of the most recognizable sounds from "And You and I, Steve Howe on pedal steel. "The Preacher the Teacher" features more tasty synth work from Wakeman and excellent vocals from Anderson. "Apocalypse" features a nice key change and ends with Howe's pedal steel upward swell.

"Siberian Khatru" is another Yes classic, and it features some phenomenal performances. Howe's terrific main riff propels the upbeat tune, and Wakeman adds a sweet harpsichord solo. Bruford and Squire add fine syncopation again with brilliant harmony vocals from Anderson, Squire, and Howe.

This album is indeed essential listening for the progressive music fan. It features a whole treasure trove of prog elements but also provides some striking melodic work as well. Therefore, Close to the Edge receives the highest of recommendations.

jimidom | 5/5 |

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