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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 1415 ratings

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4 stars Emerson Lake & Palmer's second LP is enigmatic and perhaps even a bit tantalizing. The prog super trio, who have often been accused of being too self-indulgent and too inaccessible, somehow find the balance of passion and haunting melodies to go with their usual technical bombast. From the ferocious "Eruption", the beautiful "Stones of Years", to the regal "Aquatarkus", the epic first side Tarkus suite is indeed a prog masterpiece, and it leaves the listener breathless.

Although not as strong as the epic first side, the second side stands well on its own. "Jeremy Bender" is crudely humorous effort, and "The Only Way" is thought-provoking if not a bit controversial. The angry overdriven sounds of Keith Emerson's Hammond B3 on "A Time and a Place" make it a memorable listen. Furthermore, "Bitches Crystal" and "Are You Ready Eddy" are fast movin' and rockin' little numbers despite the band's occasional propensity for silliness.

Overall, Tarkus is among ELP's best work, and it is much more than a one sided listening experience. Sure, the chops are there as always, but so is the passion, the melody, and the humor. It is a highly recommended recording for all fans of progressive music, and I gladly give it 4 stars.

jimidom | 4/5 |


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