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DISCIPLINE

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.10 | 1294 ratings

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purplepiper
3 stars discipline...too much of which is a bad thing for king crimson. The wild unpredictability of larks' tongues is almost completely gone. The majesty of their debut is replaced by cold calculation. The jazzy improvs of lizard, gone! NOOOOOOO! Well, this album actually isn't that bad! This is just king crimson progressing to another stage in its career. Elephant talk is a nonsensical tune which spits out random word after random word, read by, yes, belew (oh no...) It sounds as if a mad man is reading from a dictionary! This song is definitely wierd on a crimson level though, just in a different way than before. not prog though. Frame by frame is a better piece with some very mathematical guitar work and soothing chorus. I really like this one. You get the oicture of a thousand frames of your life passing you by as each second goes by. Matte kudasai (which I think means 'one moment please' in japanese) is a soothing song with the sound of gulls in the background. It also has some interesting oriental guitar work by fripp in his signature sound. Next is my favourite here; indiscipline! A brief return to the madness of previous days! Starts of with some chaotic unpredictable drumming by bruford. It also has some awesome fripp sustain notes, He only plays about two notes, but its sounds like so much more! You just have to hear. I'm sure that's resposible for the madening bass lines behind it all. The song pauses every now and then for belew to contemplate a strange object, that he never reveals. And then, the song continues to explode into madness going ever deeper. You end up at thela hun jinjeet. This song is completely crazy. I have no idea what it is suppossed to mean. They chant the title of the song and say some other things. Then the song turns into some sort of an account of an incident happening. That's about all I can decipher out of it. That aside, the song is completely insane sounding, a nice follow up to the previous track. If you want to come off as crazy, blast this out the window! The sheltering sky is somewhat of an atmospheric instrumental jam. I thas some wierd melodys in it, but not much else...it doesn't really go anywhere. Next is discipline, another highlight of the album. I f anyone has seen the show 'how it's made', I wouldn't be surprised to hear this playing to the show! It is very mechanical sounding, completely locked in. No improv at all, but one marvels at the technical mastery of it! It is a good end to the album. This album is a decent effort, but in the end, I almost feel indifferent. I loved classic king crimson, and prefer the newer stuff as well. The 80's crimson is alright, but better things were to come (thrak!) 3/5
purplepiper | 3/5 |

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