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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.57 | 464 ratings

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2 stars Thanks to the bankruptcy-inducing King Arthur On Ice performance which was held to promote it, this album's become a bit of a lightning rod, with people either despising it as an example of the worst sort of vacuous, pretentious faux-artistic pomposity associated with prog rock, and others revering it as example of prog's soaring ambitions.

In fact, I consider it neither, and to be honest if it didn't have Rick Wakeman's name and a deeply misconceived concert surrounding it, nobody would have heard of this. It's rather generic keyboard noodling set against rather generic orchestral pomp without much meat to either, with Rick showboating a lot and generally the whole package being quite, quite forgettable.

There's a bit in the King Arthur stage show where ice skaters taking on the role of Lancelot and the Black Knight do a bit of duelling. They look extremely, extremely serious doing it, despite the fact that it looks extremely silly, partially because you can't actually do a decent fight scene like that on ice so they don't really bother and just fall back on doing generic ice skating moves and occasionally tap their swords together in that "We're deliberately hitting each other's swords and very obviously aren't actually trying to hit each other way" that's indicative of really bad fight choreography - all this whilst dressed as Monty Python and the Holy Grail extras with horribly unconvincing "horses" incorporated into their costume.

That one visual, for me, sums up what's wrong with the album. You have all the ingredients to produce something amazingly cheesy, if the artists responsible just loosened up a bit and embraced the ridiculousness of it all and trim back the more po-faced bits; alternately, you have all the ingredients needed to make something deep and artistically meaningful, if you just toned down or took out some of the goofier ideas. But as it is, Rick jumbles it all together and it ends up this horrible mash-up of ideas, half of which are sabotaging the other half.

Again, it's not terrible. But it keeps tripping over itself a bit too much to be actually considered good.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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