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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.17 | 2129 ratings

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3 stars Wow. If this album so critically aclaimed, than a lot of other stuff should be too. Often looked at as ELP's best album is, in my mind, the most overrated album of all time. True the extremely high amount of talent in the band is clearly shown, but they seem to have forgotten that music is supposed to be catchy. Prog is my favorite genre, but in some parts of Karn Evil 9 and other songs, they made it almost too proggy to the point where it isn't even catchy, which essentially is the point of music.

Jerusalem 4/5, A short song of ELP's with really nice organ. Probably the seond best on the album (with the exception of a few parts in Karn Evil 9).

Toccata 2/5, ELP's version of a classical peice. It shows the great amount of talent of ELP, but this song is really, really bad.

Still You Turn Me On 5/5, A very nice ballad with great guitar. Easily the best on the album simply for being the most solid on the album.

Benny the Bouncer 1/5, What on Earth is this?? This song is completly terrible. It's simply an awful ragtime song by Greg Lake gone wrong.

Karn Evil 9 3/5, Well, this song is certainly hard to pinpoint. It has such genius moments, and then such horrible moments (3rd impresion ending). This song is probably one of the only songs in my mind that are actually TOO long. I'm sorry to say, but many parts need to be cut out. It seems like this song is just a bunch of random ideas that don't fit stuffed together. Great moments, but many bad moments.

Overall, I think this album is simply acquired taste. Some will veiw it as really bad, but some will veiw it as a work of art, and some will think it's just okay. This album is certainly a work of art that many people have to stand VERY far back to appreciate.

J-Man | 3/5 |


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