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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 1991 ratings

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2 stars This ELP self-titled debut album is probably the only one of their albums that I can slightly enjoy all the way though, and this is only because they haven't starting playing in the pretentious style that took over on their later releases. The playing here is fluid and the songwriting is barely existent, although it stands that I really don't like ELP's music and this review is only for review's sake.

"The Barbarian" is heavy rock inspired prog jam that is quite energetic and fun to listen to. "Take a Pebble" is the first track that I had ever heard of ELP and it serves as a terrific introduction to the band. It's a calm track that starts with Emerson strumming the strings inside of his piano, creating a very nice atmosphere that is instantly memorable and gripping. The vocals are also strong here. The song goes through various passages that seem to be loosely strung together, but manages to come off as playful rather than overly serious. "Knife-edge" is another rock inspired song with a very solid bass line and strong keyboards. This track comes across as a bit too goofy for me, and I personally never enjoyed it. Most of "The Three Fates" is a jazzy and modern classical inspired piano solo, but the other instruments later come in at the end and manage to make quite a bit of noise. This only stands out as being the only incessantly noisy track. "Tank" is a noisy and random track that most people seem to enjoy, but I also find this track to be forgettable and incessantly noisy. After all the noise, "Lucky Man" is a classic acoustic ballad that is very accessible. It still isn't a song that I enjoy, but it is beautiful and a great break from all the madness that came before it.

I recommend this to people who already know they like ELP, which I am not. In fact, I know that I don't like ELP. However, this is one of their best albums, and I recommend this as an introduction to the band.

colorofmoney91 | 2/5 |


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