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Lord Anon
5 stars Close to the Edge makes more out of three songs than I would've thought possible.

Close to the Edge starts out with some scatterbrained jazzy chords from Steve Howe and some spastic drumming. This part is interesting but I'm glad it doesn't drag too long. The part that makes the title track is the sleepy organ part. People have said it's dull or takes too long but they don't know shit. The peace and serenity of Jon Anderson's blessedly soft singing of the pitch perfect organ could not be any better and I probably wouldn't care if it occupied the rest of these eighteen minutes.

And You and I, in contrast to the first track, begins with it's best foot forward. An acoustic guitar solo from Howe making great use of harmonics puts me into a trance. It concludes and he just starts strumming some chords. A strangely Celtic sounding keyboard riff enters and Jon sings a good melody and you get the idea of how this song is from there.

Siberian Khatru is a more familiar, trademark powerhouse ensemble performance comparable to Roundabout. Chris Squire lays down the typically excellent basswork and keeps the unit pushing ahead at breakneck speeds. Great riffing and one of my favourite keyboard solos highlight this track.

Lord Anon | 5/5 |


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