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CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

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The Block
5 stars Close to the Edge is probably the most reviewed album on this site. Though I think since this is a masterpiece of prog I should review it myself. Yes is known for their epics and this album has plenty of good ones. The title track, "Close to the Edge", is a masterpiece of prog and a great song for the casual listener.

1/3 The title track, "Close to the Edge", is an 18 minute materpiece that is split up into four parts; I. The Solid Time of Change, II. Total Mass Retain, III. I Get Up I Get Down, and IV. Seasons of Man. THis song starts with birds chirping and lots of other morning sounds. Then it transfers into some guitar riffs for a cuople of measures. The lyrics throughout the whole song are great, and so are the choruses. All this shows how talented Jon Anderson and the rest of Yes is. This is a great epic for all kinds of listeners.

2/3 "And You And I" starts off where "Close to the Edge" left off with great vocals and very catchy choruses. It starts off with Steve Howe tuning his guitar then it transfers into some keyboards by Rich Wakeman. The song is split up into four parts which are; I. Cord of Life, II. Eclipse, III. The Preacher, The Teacher, IV. Apocalypse. In between Eclipse and The Preacher, The Teacher there is a very good 12-string acoustic solo. Overall great song.

3/3 "Siberian Khatru" is the only song on this album not split into parts. The word Khatru was supposedly made up by Jon Anderson. This song has a very good guitar intro riff, but for the rest of the song it is mostly centered around the keys. Besides a good solo from Mr. Wakeman there is a very good solo from Steve Howe.

Overall a khatru of an album. 5/5.

The Block | 5/5 |

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