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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.56 | 3540 ratings

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5 stars The rules for a five-star review do not say "you are a fan of the band" or that "you are a fan of the album"...they say "essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music."

There is absolutely no question that this particular piece of art qualifies as a masterpiece of progressive rock music. I could go do track by track review of this disc but it really is not needed--if you like progressive rock at all you simply must hear this album.

This is heavier than a lot of progressive rock and could be grating to listeners that love the major key symphonic style music. That is not a reason to avoid checking this out...this, along with The Court Of The Crimson King, are essential albums to show what King Crimson was.

The title track is pretty much flawless as a progressive/rock/metal tour-de-force instrumental. Starless is one of the best songs to show how soloing doesn't have to be about note to be emotional--and it also features mellotrons, symphonic structures, odd times, and playing that has to be hear to be believed. And the rest of the album is pretty darn amazing as well (especially the drum/bass interplay on One Red Nightmare).

Get this album. You might not like it...and it could change your musical life. Either way, if you are looking at posts on this site you need to hear this one.

farmboy | 5/5 |


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