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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.93 | 1645 ratings

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3 stars This Crimson album is right between two greats, and as we all know, theses in-between albums are more often than not overlooked. Here's a perfectly ligament review: I can't really consider it a great album. It's sloppy and very forced. The member seemed strained, as they are all trying their hardest to make this album work but it just falls short. The writing is dry and uninspired at times. But the opening and closing tracks are fantastic, so it's not all bad. That is very true for some people who hear this album, but unfortunately, it is a mildly close-minded way to listen to the album. If you look passed the unorthodox song structure and composition style that is only the surface, you will see that below there is a a most mature sounding album: an extremely slow but rewarding experience therein. Though sound quality and production and sub-par, the music is wholly unique, and moves with a power not even Crimson has reached before. The jazzy upbeat sections balance with the eerie darker sections, the powerful aggressive segments, the serene beautiful moments, and the epic grand finale. Every fan of slow and free-form jazz should own this album: as it is a very close cousin to that style of music. This album should probably be bought after other more important releases (ITCOTCK, Larks' Tongues, Red), and even still should be scrutinized with care. This is a very high 3 star rating!
Shakespeare | 3/5 |


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