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Close To The Hype

Review by Gary Hill

OK, OK, this is definitely not progressive rock. However, it does include work by Jon Anderson, which in itself would get it listed in the prog section of MSJ. When you add the fact that much of the lyrical content is based on Yes songs, it has a second reason for living there. The recording is a CD single that fits best in the techno variety. It is four takes on the same piece, recorded by Anderson's son Damion and featuring his appearance. It is actually good fun, and should be of interest to fans of Anderson's solo work, Yes complete-ists and many others.

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Track by Track Review
Close To The Hype
This is a fast paced club techno track in the mode of such acts as Prodigy. This has a rap, but is closer to that electronic sort of sound than true hip-hop. It also seems to share some stylistic approaches with Art of Noise. It includes snippets of Yes lyrics and additional vocals by Damion's father, Yes vocalist Jon Anderson.
Close To The Hype (Black Ink Mix)
This take on the cut seems to have more instrumental segments and more Yes references than the main rendition. It is also quite extended at nearly twice the length of the original.
Close To The Hype (Instrumental)
Seeming a bit inappropriately titled, this one does include vocals, just not the lead ones. Otherwise it is essentially the same as the first track.
Close To The Hype (Close to the Skunk Mix)
This take doesn't really feel much different than the first track.
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