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CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.65 | 3155 ratings

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Zitro
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5 stars 83% called it a masterpiece, I don't understand how can anyone here can give this album less than 4 stars! This is an absolute masterpiece, and I think it is one of the best progressive albums of all times

Close to the edge A+ : 18 minute long classical jazz-rock masterpiece in a pop structure. Starting as a complex wall of sound of nature, it explodes into the most intense and impressive jazz-rock jam I ever heard. The drumming is something to pay attention to, as well as the faint keyboard riff and of course the guitar soloing. Later it gets quiter with a pretty melody, and the vocals start in a weird rhythm (verse), it leads to the 'close to the edge down by a river , not riiiiiight away' majestic chorus, then the verse and chorus repeat again with a different musical style and loud bass riff, until it fades in the middle of a string instrument solo. After that, a very beautiful ambient section takes you to a musica journey and the bridge of the song starts with a church organ theme and 2 vocalists singing 2 completely different things but with great results. After a church organ solo that gives imagery, there's a fantastic keyboard solo. Afterwards, the verse/chorus repeat again and the song fades out with the sound of nature

And You And I A+ : Starting with a mellow guitar introduction, it then progresses into a simple, yet gorgeous guitar theme (Just a D chord traveling around the fretboard) and after having many changes , it reaches its climax containing soaring mellotron melodies with steel lap guitar runs.

Siberian Kathru : 10/10 : This is a great (and strange) rock&roll song that ends the album very nicely. I feel so happy and bouncy while hearing this track. I think it is a great track to play to a kid since it sounds so innocent and fun.

Conclusion : this is the album that should represent progressive rock. The best album of all times.

My Grade : A+

Zitro | 5/5 |

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