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4.66 | 4103 ratings

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Thyme Traveler
4 stars I have mixed feelings about Close to the Edge. Certainly, it is one of the most important prog albums ever. But it has its flaws-especially side 2. The title track is definitely a masterpiece, aside from the kind of annoying "I get up, I get down" lyric. The two songs on the other side would be 3 stars on their own merit.

The Good: Great musicianship. Especially by Chris Squire.

The Bad: The second side is merely good, not great.

The Ugly: I have learned to tolerate, even like Anderson's voice, but not when he sings the "I get up, I get down" line.

So NEARLY an essential album, but I would put it in my top 50 favorite prog albums, not in my top 10. "Fragile" was a more complete album.

Thyme Traveler | 4/5 |


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