Sound — 9
Close to the Edge is progressive rock band Yes' fifth studio album. The album consists of only three tracks: "Close To The Edge", "And You And I", and "Siberian Khatru". The shortest song is almost 9 minutes, and the albums title track clocks over 18 minutes. Right from the start you're bombarded by complicated time signatures and rhythms, and although the people who really pay attention and get into the music will get the most from it, it's also attractive to casual listeners. However, some people may find the band to be making the music too complex, which may push them away from listening. The band makes great use of all their instruments, and each part fit's perfectly with the rest.
Lyrics — 8
Like most progressive rock, it isn't always easy to determine the meaning behind the lyrics. Although most of the time you really get a sense of deepness to the lyrics, occasionally it sounds as if they are just random words formed together. Yes is often criticized for Jon Anderson's high pitched vocals, but in this album his voice suit's the music and really helps make it what it is. At first the singing might seem hard to listen to, but as you hear it more and more you begin to really enjoy it.
Overall Impression — 9
Yes was and will always be one of the most influential bands in progressive rock, right up there with King Crimson and Genesis. Each time you listen to a song you notice something that you didn't the last time and your appreciation for the album grows. The songs are constantly changing, and so even though the songs are long, they aren't boring to listen to. This album is worth it, even if you're only getting three songs, because each one is a masterpiece that will leave you wanting to listen to it again.