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Symphonic Prog

3.07 | 143 ratings

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2 stars Well, well, well ! When I was confronted with "Pompeď", I was not really charmed. Even if the filiation with ELP is still present, it is less obvious as during their first three albums. Still, the title track is fully in-line with the traditional "Triumvirate" we know and appreciate. Pompous, highly technical and quite convincing.

But to get there, you'll first need to listen to an unbalanced opening number, featuring a very pleasant instrumental part followed by a dul recitation about the tragedy, then a poor "Journey..." with dull orchestrations. And what to say about "The Time Of Your Life" ? Well, probably nothing. Just grotesque. Pressing next (I like that key...) won't get you further than "The Rich Man and the Carpenter" which won't be of any good to your ears. So, since you know how to handle the "NEXT" key, just do it again (or double NEXT if you prefer).

It is always with pleasure that I listen to a song like "Dance On The Vulcano". Not because of its title, but only thanks to the music. I could almost say the same about "Vesuvius" but it is less convincing. Still, lots of moog and synth and way better than the start of the album (the title track excepted).

I guess that to close a "concept" album about such a tragedy, nothing like a tranquil piece as "The Hymn" was more appropriate. Well, maybe. But I won't play this one on my burial party, I bet you.

Two good songs and two average ones. This is not worth more than two stars I'm afraid. And the worse is to come...

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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