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King Crimson


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3.65 | 980 ratings

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4 stars THRAK!!!!! A clue as to what is in store. The giant has re-awakened! The great crimson king is back! this album is sooo much better than what happened in the 80's (which I refuse to discuss never happened, got that!) It opens with the heavy vroom. Vey metal sounding, with some melacholic guitar passages. Strong opener! Coda marine 475 is an almost alien sounding song, in which an astronaut sounding voice randomly recites numbers. I have no idea what this one's about, but it's a perfect follow up to the opener. Dinosaur is the hit, but that doesn't make it a bad song, It's a good song actually, and it's progressive! (slightly anyway). It's a nostalgic song referencing the past, using dinosaur bones as a metaphore for past self, or something like that. Their is also a 'prehistoric' keyboard passage which adds the progressive element. Walking on air is a balad, a very very beautiful song which i'm told is very beatle-esque sounding (I wouldn't know). It's a killer song though if you like soft stuff. Don't get too calm though...b'boom is hear to smash your head in!!! This is the drum duel with two drummers working in sync. It starts off as an evil atmospheric piece, but turns to tribal brutality real fast...awesome piece! Uh oh...thrak is coming! This is where things are turned up to 12 out of 10!!! This song will knock your head off, kick you in the face, send you crying to mommy and more! turn up loouud!!! Inner garden part 1 (and 2) is a creepy melacholic piece with a hounting guitar sound and forlorn vocals. You have now gone somewhere deep in the music...the threshold. People is a real funky bluesy song about, well, people and all the random things they do. This is a real driving solid track. A king crimson like you've never heard! Radio (pt. 1 and 2) is an evil soundscape, sort of house-of-mirrors-at-the-evil-circus-of-doom sounding. Really wierd and creepy. These envelope one time, a sad song about a man wishing for 'one time' to do everything he badly wishes for. It's a good song, but a sad one. Sex slee eat drink dream is another funk piece with some purely nonsensical lyrics. There is also some chaotic percusion reminiscent of larks' tongues. A true neo crimsonian song. Next is vroom vroom, or red 2, depending on how you look at it. It sounds similar to the first track, untill it completely re hashes the middle section of red. Not to say they don't have the right to do such a thing! Plus the song kicks ass anyway! Vroom vroom coda is a perfect end to the album. It sounds very mechanical and inhuman. Just the way I like it!! You also hear what sounds like the sound of several dying monsters...this is crimson saying goodbye until next time. This album is essential for the true crimson fan. This is way better music than you'll find from anyone else in 95'. 4/5 essential for the fan, but only reminisces of the glories of before. Get this if you love king crimson!
purplepiper | 4/5 |


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