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CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

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Saimon
5 stars Review #6: Close to the Edge

I always try to start every review with an introduction to what the album is about and its relationship to the music, but I think everything has already been said and heard about this masterpiece. The most remarkable participation, according to me, was the excellence and near perfection on Wakeman's part throughout the songs, mainly the eponymous track of the album.

Close to the Edge, Yes' fifth album, released in 1972, is, in my opinion, their pinnacle album when it comes to instrumentation, lyrics and sound interpretation.

Without any doubt, one of the best progressive works of all time, belonging to what I call the "Yes Golden Chain".

The "Yes Golden Chain" is what I call the string of albums in which Yes reached their peak, proving to be superior to many bands and one of the best and most unique in the progressive scene as we know it. This string is composed from "The Yes Album (1971, third album of the band)", to "Going for the One (1977, eighth album)".

Every passage, every change, every breakdown, every melody, every melody, all are characteristic of this album and it is very difficult to ignore its greatness and unique sound, encompassed by the inclusion of Jon Anderson's voice, which is without a doubt, the most fundamental and characteristic element of the band, and one of the best voices that has been witnessed, not only throughout progressive rock, but also of all time in music.

I think it goes without saying that this is perfect and deserves not 5, but 6 stars.

10/10, 5 stars for one of the greatest musical compositions of all time and one of the most iconic titles in prog history.

Saimon | 5/5 |

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