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EARTHBOUND

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

2.45 | 287 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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2 stars One of the worst recordings ever.

I've heard some pretty poor recording in my time, but few measure up to the basic butchery of an otherwise pleasant experience. This stuff can put some Black Metal recording quality to shame. Think Bathory's Return with incessant static popping. That's how abysmal it is. If you can get past the annoying fade outs and the incessant popping, it's actually not half-bad a concert experience.

Besides the fact that I never, ever, in my dreams want to hear Boz sing "21st Century..." again, the track is quite good in its improv state, with really nice instrumental play from the band. The opening of it just makes me want to literally stab my ears because of how poorly it is done in comparison to Lake's performance on the debut album. It's so over-dramatic to the point of being cringeworthingly laughable. I guess the thing that excites me the most, an anecdotal piece of information if you will, is how much my guitar playing sounds like the ending instrumental section before we go back to the familiar verse and chorus.

The only reason this record is remotely inspiring or insightful is the work of Fripp and Collins, two masters of their craft who manage to pull off an interesting live show, despite it's many flaws, none of which can particularly be credited to them. This is a jam album in every meaning of the world, and this can lead you too many insightful and inspiring passages, but also many marked by confusion and questions. There's enough good material on here keeping it from being a total disaster, but it's layered in so much filth its difficult to find.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |

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