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McDonald & Giles


Crossover Prog

3.36 | 147 ratings

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2 stars A notch down.

McDonald and Giles left King Crimson to pursue their own musical direction, and while they are obviously talented, the sort of artistic mystery that they helped craft in "In the Court..." is lost. Birdman and the Suite are nice enough tracks, but they kind of lack the cutting edge qualities that help the music stand out amongst its peers.

The best track here is the improvisational jazz track Birdman, which ebbs and flows not to dissimilar from some of King Crimson's famous long winded instrumental tracks. A lot of this record sounds very dated, very 60's sounding actually. Not that it's necessarily bad, it's just too pleasant for me. Especially the middle tracks, which don't really do much for someone like me.

It's actually quite unfortunate that this would be the only released material. It's a nice little album to have, but you could certainly go without it. There's a variety of instruments and well done playing, but some of the compositional structuring is played-over. Most of KC's material is of better quality than this, so I'd stick with them.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |


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