Close to the Edge contains twelve songs, eight of which are lifted from their previous album Perception. "I'll Be There" is a relatively simple song analogous to the band's earlier work. "Back from the Dead" was written about recovery from addiction. Lead vocalist Eliot Sloan stated of the conception of the title:
Close To The Edge, in its entirety and its title, represents exactly where we are as a band. There’s a sense of urgency in this record that was completely unintentional and I think it turned out better than anyone in the band expected. It’s the record we’ve been trying to make for the last 5 years, and to hear it as a completed work, knowing it’s about to be released to the masses, has us feeling like this is the first record we’ve ever released.