It's now 2007, and there's not really anything novel that can be said about 'Close To The Edge', the seminal 1972 album from Yes. Similarly, it's difficult to avoid a gushing, superlative-laden eulogy when reviewing the album.
So, whilst musings on the album may understandably lack originality nowadays, the actual music is still as enchanting, euphoric and fresh as ever. Personally, I'd say that the exhilarating nature of this album is its most startling and enduring aspect. Yes have mastered the art of rousing auspicious emotions, and on CTTE they flaunt their abilities with unrivalled élan. From start to finish, this whole experience is just astonishing!
Okay, so maybe this is another gushing review, but if any album deserves lauding, it's this! Sure, there may `only' be three tracks, but each track, to me, is like a mini-album, exploring a myriad of esoteric musical concepts, drifting the listener in and out of contrasting soundscapes; never stalling, always captivating!
The lyrical concepts here are somewhat impenetrable, and, for some, this may be off-putting, however Yes rightly concentrate all their energy into structuring the perfect aural experience, and the words correlate with the sounds flawlessly, generating a cohesive palette of unparalleled sonic beauty.
Each track presents a stimulating musical voyage, and it's impossible to single one out for special mention, as the essence of each song complements a different mood perfectly. Essentially, therefore, the album is unexpectedly versatile, and warrants a listen anytime, regardless of your contemporary psychological disposition. The music invariably engenders joy, anyway - accordingly, it's a tremendous way to elevate your spirits.
So, to abridge: An album that is as good today as it was in 1972 (if not better). Buy!!