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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 1981 ratings

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3 stars My face spills so gently, into your eyes, disturbing the waters, of our lives

I haven't really got my head around ELP, no matter how hard i have tried. Their debut, however, is their only album i actually sometimes listen to. Why? Because of one man. Greg Lake.

This album is full of that which makes progressive rock progressive, unfortunatley in this case it's a bad thing. Emersons skills on the keys are out of this world, but the problem is that, it doesn not always implicate good music, and same goes for Palmer. The album opens with Barbarian, that rocks out ok, but nothing really i find myself listening to often. However, the next track is that which gives the album its value, and for no other reason than Mr. Greg Lake. Just listen to the first vocal part of the second track, Lakes vocals are everything that we want them to be. Otherwise the album fails to deliver anything else than keyboard skill showboating by Mr. Emerson. The problem with ELP solos in general is that they have no direction. I wouldn't call it "mish-mosh" but something without a soul or meaning. One highlight in this album is the track Lucky man, which on record can be a little bit boring(and ruined by the moog solo), but live Greg Lake would sit with his guitar and sing his heart out to the world.

This is not a bad album, but far from 4 stars nonetheless. For me the music from ELP is mostly clueless. but this album still delivers much more than it's successors. 3 Stars.

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