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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 1819 ratings

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2 stars

For me this release is one of the most overrated from the entire progressive history. I'm saying this because of the lack of emotion which resides behind their music most of the time. I also cannot understand the style of keyboard player Keith Noel Emerson. It could be very technical and whimsy but I don't get the idea behind. I don't have anything against using keyboards but I don't like this type of approach and sound. I prefer Eloy with their spacey and inspiring sound instead of this.

I simply cannot feel anything when listening to this album. With very high effort I can find some good passages (for example on Toccata - composition style in a with clear classic influence - and Karn Evil 9 - 2nd Impression - maybe the best part here). And if I don't find anything really enjoyable this is for me a clear indication that this music is not really my cup of tea. Maybe I'm wrong and I failed to see some undiscovered connections between my way of understanding and enjoying music and ELP style to express themselves but this is simply just the way I feel about.

I don't want to spend additional time trying to say the same things in a different manner. If you like keyboard oriented progressive than maybe you can give a chance and try it. I'm just finishing by recommending this release only to ELP fans. This is not for somebody who's trying to discover progressive music or at least not maybe from the right begining. 2.25 stars

petrica | 2/5 |


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