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Yes: Close To The Edge

Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, 11 September 1972

WITH Close to the Edge, their fifth album, Yes have formed a coherent musical language from the elements that have been kicked around by progressive rockers for ages. The fears raised by Fragile that they might work themselves into a technically superb but emotionally destitute corner are washed away by three extended pieces whose only failings are an over-concern with making sure that every moment is marked by the highly identifiable Yes sound (where a bit more variety and daring would by a welcome change) and lyrics that too often serve as a barrier rather than a link between listener and music.

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