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THRAK

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.62 | 740 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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3 stars Radiohead? The beginning?

Once again, King Crimson shifts their sound, and this time, I am left wondering if this is the predecessor to Radiohead's sound (that is, once it had evolved to it's intelligent electronic stage). Seriously, if you're an old prog nut who still follows KC and likes this album, you need to check out Radiohead. Some of the similarities are uncanny. Dinosaur particularly stands out, along with the VROOM VROOM sections, among others. But it isn't just the sound, but the style and attitude the band seems to have that makes this connection even more "all too weird."

It's funny, sociologically, how our opinions can be based merely on a reputation and not on the material presented in front of us. This album has all the inklings of a late 90's Radiohead album, and differs really in name only. This shows to me mostly how forward thinking Crimson really was, always one step ahead of everyone else, always the leader of the pack.

Admittedly, there is always a familiar style to KC records, yet I find all of them to be distinctly different. Thrak is no exception. And although not my favorite effort by the band, it remains a unique part of their discography. So next time you come across this album, play it following The Bends and OK Computer and let me know what you find. I think you will be quite surprised.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |

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