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TARKUS

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 1238 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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3 stars "Tarkus" is an mixture of epic excellence and head-scratching zaniness, the title track being one of the band's best songs ever while later songs range from bad to mediocre.

Starting with the good, "Tarkus" features all the soaring bombast and dynamic compositions one should expect from any classic prog band worth their salt, featuring some killer playing from all memebers. Lake's voice is featured more evenly throughout, but Emerson's dexterous keyboard dominates the melody and instumental passages... maybe a little overtly, but its hard to deny his talent.

As for the other songs, they may be fun for an occasional listen but don't come close to the quality of the title track. "Jermey Bender" and "Are You Ready Eddy?" are just fun for the sake of it, but hardly demonstrate the band's talent. This, and the sometimes overwhelming organ/keyboards of Emerson make for a good, but not great listen overall.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |

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