This album really has three parts, rather than three songs. So I will discuss all three for the benefit of those who are looking to buy.
Close to the Edge. And beyond. This piece of music is no rock song. It is no pop song, nor any creation similar to that of it's time period. It is, for the most part, unprecidented. The opening, after the fade in with the wind chimes and birds chirping, is such an amazing blend of sounds that it is hard to tell who is doing what... you just have to sit back and not think about it to get it. At first or second listen, the beginning seems to have no structure at all, but when you hear the finer points... especially in the bass... you realize that they are really doing something. Howe's solo is as creative as ever, his guitar skills really fit the band the way no other guitarist would. He is, simply put, a virtuoso.
The first and second movement, and that's what they are: movements, sound similar, but are different... different keys, different nuances... so many small musical differences that are almost impossible to hear. The words... does anybody really get it? And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace? What does that mean? Something, I guess.
The middle section... so much going on. Keyboards, organs, bass, vocal harmonies...
This could go on for hours, but I'll cut it short. Simply put, when you reach the hills to view the silence of the valley, if you are not in tears, something is wrong.
And You and I is a beautiful love song, and Siberian Khatru is an excellent rocker. Overall, one of the best albums not only in rock, but in any genre ever.