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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.64 | 4761 ratings

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5 stars Absolutely amazing! Probably one of the best albums. Ever. Produced. An absolute gem of progressive rock that no one has nay excuse not to own. It arguably started the whole prog music genre as a genre in and of itself, and besides its historical significance and cult-status following, it is also one of the best albums ever to grace my ears. With this debut album, King Crimson changed the face of the music world forever.

"21st Century Schizoid Man" is not only a prog cornerstone, but a very well-known and beloved rock song in general. It has impressive guitar, but the first thing you will notice when you turn this song on is the stunning and heavy saxophone, fusing jazz with rock flawlessly.

After the heavy start to the album, King Crimson surprises the listener with the mellow, calm "I Talk To The Wind". The heavy sax is replaced by sweet, light flute work, and lyrics simply sung as beautifully as possible.

The next song, "Epitaph" trades the wind emphasis in favor of more percussion, mellotron, and guitar. The well-done emotional vocals round it off, adding another song of legend to the already growing list of amazing music on the album.

"Moonchild" is even more passionately sung, and the mysterious lyrics and the way they are sung give an impression of relaxation with apprehension lurking around every corner, the mood is perfectly set, with bells and percussion marking points of interest.

The last song on the album is also the title track, and one of the best epics in progressive rock. The mellotron shines in this one, and the whole song fits so perfectly together that there has been an orchestral version arranged from it. It has epic vocals, going from calm to awestruck all the time, one of the best masterpieces ever produced!

I can't emphasize enough-this album is an essential masterpiece. It set the stage for everything to come after it, and the music world rejoiceth.

Scapler | 5/5 |


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