ANNIE BARBAZZA & MAX REPETTI
The greatest hits of Greg Lake, chamber style.
Originally planned as a collaboration between Greg Lake and pianist Max Repetti, this strippeddown journey through the prog legend’s greatest moments has reluctantly become a posthumous tribute, Lake’s parts taken by singer Annie Barbazza. Too ill to participate when the album was recorded in 2016, Lake described Moonchild as “a wonderful and touching tribute to the music I have made during my lifetime”, and it would be meanspirited to view this project in any other way. Fortunately, the majority of these reworkings hit the target: Barbazza’s sweetly passionate delivery works wonders on Take A Pebble, Lucky Man and In The Wake Of Poseidon. Prog fans hardly need reminding that Greg Lake was a superb songwriter and lyricist, but when something like C’est La Vie is reimagined as an ephemeral torch song, the effect is gently revelatory. In a perfect world, the gorgeous version of In The Court Of The Crimson King that opens the album wouldn’t mutate into a shouty, jarring Schizoid Man three minutes in, and Karn Evil 9 would have been respectfully left alone, but the rest of Moonchild will definitely result in Lake diehards discovering they have something in their eye.