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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.17 | 2126 ratings

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3 stars I hate it when stuff like this happens, when people love a prog album and say it's a classic etc and I just can't see it, I feel like I've missed out on something or I'm out of the club but to be honest after many relistenings and deliberations my opinion has been cemented think this album is just boring, overblown and overrated.

The first thing that I noticed was the weak production, a very thin sound with very little bass quite disappointing. I thought the first track 'jerusalem' was and interesting rendition, not really my cup of tea reminded me of being bored in my school chapel when they were singing that song, not very exciting stuff.

Then on to' toccata' I like this song it takes what I love about classical music and adds synth to it, I'm not much of a fan of the lacklustre drum solo half way through.

'Still you turn me on', poppy laid back acoustic number, pretty catchy - nothing special, the single on the album.

'Benny the bouncer', upbeat ragtime number with some cheesy synth and some skillful piano work, didn't really appeal to me I must say.

Then onto the 29 minute epic 'Karn Evil 9', god 'the show that never ends'?, more like the song that never ends, it just seems like it doesn't seem to go anywhere or do anything interesting, it really really bores me I can't stand it, it does have the odd good part though so I can't completely write it off, I wont be listening to it any time soon though.

Then the bonus title track 'brain salad surgery' which I have on my version which isn't listed here, funnily enough it's by far the best song on the album, very catchy, great synth, not boring, it's got everything going for it, the highlight of the album for me.

Overall 2.5 stars rounded up because it does have some decent tracks and is historically important I guess, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is bored easily or doesn't enjoy synth.

FruMp | 3/5 |


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