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CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.65 | 3144 ratings

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voliveira
5 stars 10/10

What about the band's most acclaimed progressive rock of all time? Well, for a young person like me who long ago listening to this wonderful kind of music is not hard to find the right words. But seriously, Close To The Edge is the album.

Not that he is my favorite of all time, but I'm not the kind of guy who can order your favorite things so easily. Close to the Edge is one of my favorite albums ever, and like so many other masterpieces does not have even a single defect. This was certainly the pinnacle of Yes and definitely the most brilliant moment (one of) the progressive rock.

On the title track, there's not much to say. Any newcomer to the genre should start with that. The first time I heard was watching the Symphonic Yes show, and it was one of those defining moments for me to get interested in progressive rock. It is simply stunning! The first 60 seconds are basically sounds of nature to grow until they culminated in a brilliant instrumental section broken by some vocalizations. So Howe returns with a new theme (later replayed by Wakeman on keyboards), and again there is a break, so that the vocals are starting to 4 minutes. Actually the song is a bit complex, and perhaps it has become the archetype of the epic prog. Not to mention the bright section with a church organ and its mysterious and mystical lyrics, typical of Jon Anderson.

It would be difficult to follow a song of such intensity, but the Yes continues with one of my favorite songs of all time: And You and I! If there is a song that touches my heart and gives me chills, this is it. Principles in the section that starts at 3:44, led by mellotron epic Wakeman - is simply one of the grandest passages in rock history! The music itself is gorgeous, and I always saw her as a worthy successor to the title track. The album closes with the vibrant and rocker Siberian Kathru , a song worthy of complete these 38 powerful minutes! Many may say that it is not up to the predecessors, but all I can say is that Yes does not fail again!

Well, I think I've let my words here, and in short everything that I say is that I along with 79% of reviewers who gave 5 stars to Close To The Edge!

voliveira | 5/5 |

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