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CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.65 | 3163 ratings

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juanvalverde
5 stars Close to the Edge, some consider it the Hymn of Progressive Music, and probably it should be.

I recently purchased this album, not only because it was 9 bucks (special edition packaging), but because i had downloaded the song and began to like it more and more. After listening to the whole album in my car stereo several times, analizing each song extensivly, i decided to write my review on one of the songs ever with two very good songs atached to it.

The album gets five stars mainly because of the title track. The other two songs while good, maybe great, dont go near the masterpiece that Close to The Edge is.

When i first listened to the song, i was kind of annoyed by the introduction, i hate pointless noise, and long intros, and this one has both of them. I didnt understand what i was hearing, and then suddenly the "aahhhh!!" from the vocals, wow, it totally changed my view of this "pointless noise", it all started to make sense. Once the main melody came in, changing from major to minor tones, going in diferent direction, progresing i might add, it became obvious that i was hearing a much much better song that i anticipated. Lyrics come in, in a very interesting manner, with very very nice singing and nice music in the background, let alone complex. Once the second verse comes in, the music evolves to a much deeper story. The chorus comes in and the way its structured makes you think that something big is happening. After all of this is repeted in different ways, we go to the middle of the song, a very very athmospheric sound by a sitar, background vocals, and a great " I get up, i get down" repetition that gets in your head. The organs that come at the end of this part make you feel very strange. Man, this song is full of emotion. Next comes the instrumental part, wow, one of the best keyboard solos you'll ever hear. It all builds up to the gran finale, where we hear the same parts as before but with greater emotion and full of musical genious, ending with an i get up i get down that brings chivers to your skin..

An epic that makes the three song album a masterpiece.

juanvalverde | 5/5 |

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