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ELP returns as a pale imitation of their former selves,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Black Moon (Audio CD)
Emerson, Lake and Palmer was the first Progressive Rock supergroup, but the glory days are over and the magic is gone when they released this 1992 album, their first studio effort in a dozen years. It is not a question of their technical proficiency, because Keith Emerson remains my favorite keyboard artist and is in fine form, as he shows on "Changing States" and the piano solo on "Close to Home" (this was a few years before hand surgery affected his playing ability). However, from the start of this album with the title song and "Paper Blood" it is clear that these are much simpler songs than we recall from the past, with few bursts of the wonderful complexity for which ELP was rightly known. For me there is also the concern over the aging of Greg Lake's voice, which is really unrecognizable. In the days of my youth that was the voice that I most wanted to have (e.g., the live version of "Lucky Man" on "Welcome Back My Friends"); but instead of my voice becoming more like his it is the other way around, which is not a good thing. That is an admittedly personal problem, but on the professional level Lake is doing less of the songwriting than before and the best track on the album is the adaptation of the classical piece "The Dance of the Knights" from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. "Footprints in the Snow" is a minor Lake composition at best, which is another disappointment. ELP was one of my favorite all-time groups, and hearing them play lesser songs without the fire that made them famous, is just another sign that we are all growing old.