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King Crimson - THRaKaTTaK CD (album) cover


King Crimson


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2.62 | 196 ratings

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As the DEJA VROOOM DVD shows, King Crimson's 1995 live shows were riveting, and the relatively brief improvisations the band indulged in each night, between all those ethereal ballads, and all that carefully orchestrated Double Trio mayhem, provided moments of special tension.

But to rip six of such improvisations out of their context and paste them together end-to-end, as Mr Fripp does here, seems merely perverse. It also shows that, when left to their own devices, the Double Trio had little to say. Time after time you hear musicians repeat the same gestures. They never come up with anything remotely original or surprising. They utterly fail to move or excite the listener, who soon switches off.

Normally speaking I'm a sucker for Crimso improvisations. I love all those seemingly aimless bits on STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK, RED and BEAT, and I also enjoy the GREAT DECEIVER box set. But THRAKATTAK, in my view, is one you'd better stay away from, unless you're after the (rather static) band poster that came inside the original cardboard sleeve. Sorry, Mr Fripp, not everything you touch automatically turns to gold.

fuxi | 2/5 |


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