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The Nice


Symphonic Prog

2.98 | 82 ratings

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2 stars When The Nice was not borrowing to some classic composers, they were playing some covers to ensure that their weakness in writing some own and good material shouldn't be too obvious.

The band is now even improving this technique. They are covering a cover! And since there was really little material to make a full album, they will almost triple the length of Tom Hardin's Hang On To A Dream in comparison with their prior release! It will be the showcase for Keith to demonstrate his skills on the piano during a long solo.

The Nice also proposed another Dylan song (they already did this on their previous studio album) and even if Keith is excellent again on the organ, this song is not a jewel of music to say the least.

And it goes on like this till the end of this album. Some classical inspiration for the Third Movement - Pathetique and another excellent live version of America from Bernstein (although the last couple of minutes is quite chaotic).

Now, the worst of all is that the last two are extremely well played and the noticeable dominance of Keith Emerson is just a confirmation that he has always had a dominant position in The Nice (although his band mates were very good musicians IMO). At the time of release of Elegy, he had already embraced his ELP career.

The bonus tracks hold an old B-side track from '68 (Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon) and material spread over their earlier releases already of which the very special Dawn is not without interest.

In all, this is an average album and the taste of the Nice to serve the same meals several times is just whispering to me to downgrade it to two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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