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3.92 | 2789 ratings

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3 stars The mother of all prog epics, in good as well as in bad. So, it's the first album since the departure of Bill Bruford, and after making one of the best albums of all time, Close to the Edge. They sure went over the edge while making this one, to the dislike of many, and not in the least Rick Wakeman.

Tales from Topographic Oceans was mainly devised by Anderson & Howe, and the absence of tricky keyboard parts is really noticeable. The album has some very good individual parts, but lacks focus and just drags on too much. It's overblown, but not as overindulgent as the most vitriolic critics say. In fact it is restrained instrumentally a lot of the time, too restrained, because there's not much going on when taken the running time to consideration.

It's not the disaster some think, and not the masterpiece very few think. It's just too long. Still, 3 stars.

nikow | 3/5 |


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