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King Crimson


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3.95 | 1089 ratings

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I didn't know what to expect of this one after the VERY disapointing CONSTRUKTION OF LIGHT, but we got a good one with THE POWER TO BELIEVE. What i notice, the older R.Fripp gets, the heavier the music is! when asked what kind of music KING CRIMSON was playing nowadays, Fripp described it as ''Nuevo Metal '' Who would have guessed it 30 years ago listening to ITCOTKC or LIZARD KC would be playing 'metal 'now?

There is no LTIA part 902 on this album, so it's already a good sign! we have some very good music on this album and a few ''metal'' songs i could have lived without, but the good and sometimes the great easily overpowers the bad.

We have the same line-up than on the precedent album, my friend Belew is here, but at least he tries to sing properly on most of the tracks (no, not all of them, don't dream).

The best tracks are LEVEL 5 a powerful intrumental in the vein of LTIA part 2 or FRACTURE, strong guitar riffs, yet melodious.A definitive KING CRIMSON anthem. The other great highlight is another......instrumental; the ambient DANGEROUS CURVES which builds up very nicely with great MASTELLOTTO drums.

EYES WIDE OPEN (with nice Belew vocals) and THE POWER TO BELIEVE 2 are also highly enjoyable and reminiscent of the old past of glorious times. The only downfall is the horrible 'metal' FACTS OF LIFE, with (once again) atrocious vocals of Belew who sounds like he is ready to throw up. But that's the only bad thing i can think of this CD.

This is the last studio album of KING CRIMSON to this day and a good one at that! I read they are going to release a new one later this year or beginning 2008. Also, T. Levin seems to be back in place of Trey Gunn. But Belew is still around. So what to expect! With King Crimson, you never know for sure.

4 stars well deserved for this album!

febus | 4/5 |


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