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3.98 | 491 ratings

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5 stars (Too) Close to the Edge.

My hopes are high towards that band, and I know my wishful thinking will not change one iota of the result of an album. But I like to think that Wobbler is MY band, my personnal secret island, only playing for my own pleasure. So when I heard something like a song that Yes never recorded but existed, I was anxious. I thought that my little island just been discovered and invaded by the ''Yes Army''.

Wobbler is not a static band, but I deeply (underline deeply) enjoyed their Gentle Giant/ King Crimson/ Harmonium blend...and I wished it stayed the same. Alas, the Norweigan Warriors changed for other winds, sailing more into the Yes waters. Do we need another Yes attempt? Well, we have Starcastle and Yezda Urfa if you want the Good. We have England if you want the Bad. And the latest Glass Hammer if you want the Ugly. Where is this album in all this?

It's above the rest, hands down. Wobbler gave us a smogasboard, an all-you-can-eat of vintage sounds from Gentle Giant to Genesis and their own colors, showing more and more with time: their vocals are to die for (especially 'In Orbit'), the keyboards make me drool like a zombie from a Romero film and the drumming is intense but restrained at the same time. The drummer concentrates on hi-hat / ride, snare and cymbals, definitely a small kit but super-well used. Good job Kneppen, you have my quiet admiration.

It's a record that take more it's time than the other 2, but I do not fear one second to recommend you Rites at Dawn. It's like gazing at nature at dawn, actually. Forms and shapes can be hard to distinguish, but with time the whole thing harmonizes in front of you.

A powerful and well crafted tribute to the 70's...gnome beards and shaggy carpets not included.

Menswear | 5/5 |


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