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King Crimson


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3.81 | 1760 ratings

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3 stars The Calm before the Storm.

First things first. This isn't a bad album, but it is however, Crimson at their softest, most gentile, and least edgy. The title track is still quite good, as well as the brass play in The Letters, however, the vocals are at their most plain.

The lineup problems didn't particularly hamper the creativity of Fripp and Co., but just changed much of the bands style. Out of all the KC records, this one stands out as being one of the most different because it wasn't off the wall crazy. The jazzy sections are intriguing and neat, but at this point hardly revolutionary. Their is much classical representation and a variety of instruments used to varying effect. Islands is a somber track with some very nice, if not depressing melodies.

If ever there were a progressive KC album (excuse the 80's albums) that someone should get into without much of the edgier feel that is found on almost all their works, one should take a look at Islands. The vocals are not near as creative or inspiring as other KC vocalists, but the music is very soothing and pleasant. It still makes for a quality record.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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