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EMERSON LAKE & POWELL

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.15 | 306 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars P is for.. Powell

This album by ELP (even if it wasn't quite the right P!) found Emerson and Lake back to being inspired and coherent.

The tracks are generally more commercial and less progressive than in their early days, and Powell's drumming is of course more beat focused and much less instrumental than Palmer's.

The opening track "The score" follows on nicely from "Karn Evil 9 part 1", even to the extent of repeating the "Welcome back my friends.." lyric. It's a superbly crafted track, with a positive, upbeat feel. It is by far the most progressive track on the album, standing well alongside the ELP greats such as "Tarkus" and "KE9, 3rd movement".

"The Miracle" and "Touch and go" are the other standout tracks. Both are Lake driven songs, his voice sounding steady and clear, with a power to it which had been lacking on the immediately previous albums. "The miracle" is an out and out Lake ballad, while "Touch and go" features some inspired fanfare synthesiser by Emerson. Neither track could be described as particularly progressive, the band appearing to be searching for another hit single. The remaining tracks are more run of the mill, but there is an even quality throughout the album

In all this album was a welcome return to something approaching decent form.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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