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King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic CD (album) cover


King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 2976 ratings

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5 stars This is probably king crimson's weirdest album out yet. But weirdest doesn't also mean it's bad but definitely anyone who has listened to most of king crimson's album can agree that this is their most experimental album. And it also introduces a new set of band members playing for king crimson for the next 3 albums after larks' tongue in aspic (john wetton, David cross, robert fripp, and bill bruford who just retired recently from Yes after "close to the edge") some say that this is king crimson's best band lineup and I would have to agree. Not only does this lineup stay together for a short period of a time. But we get to see them evolve into better musicians in the next few albums after larks' tongue.

Larks' tongue in aspic part 1 (A-)

The book of Saturday (A)

Exile (A)

Easy money (A)

The talking drum (B+)

Larks tongue in aspic part 2 (A+)

Overall rating (A) or 4.5 stars

The overall verdict of the album says that this is an excellent album. It's solid album and it's an experimental album gone right. Although king crimson does experiment with every album he releases (with the exception of in the court of the crimson king and the wake of Poseidon) I would say that this is a masterpiece for 2 reasons.

1. The Larks' tongue of aspic part 2. If you knew me in real life you would know I hate instrumentals. I get bored easily. But larks part 2 was prefect. The instrumental was melodic, heavy, and complex which what every progressive rocker would like. A must listen.

2. The vocal songs (exile, easy money, and the book of Saturday) John wetton's voice is actually really good. After listening to "in the court of the crimson king" I though to myself that Greg lake's voice was prefect for king crimson and nobody was going to match his vocal range. But boy was I wrong, john wetton's voice was unique and it brought that same feeling to me when I listened to ITCoCK for the first time. Exiles is a great example of what wetton's voice is capable of doing. Exile is such an amazing song that it always brings me shivers up my spine the last 2 minutes. Easy money is a king crimson classic and one of their most memorable songs. And the book of Saturday is a short ballad and a powerful piece but it still deserves recognition for wetton's voice.

So to sum this up I think larks' is a great album which should be in every prog collection. Although it isn't ItCOTCK or red I believe that larks' deserve much more credit and recognition because it's often seen as pretentious.... So give this album a try... It's one of those albums where I would buy the box set of this album.

stefanblazanovic | 5/5 |


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