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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.61 | 3320 ratings

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4 stars Legendary, unique, innovative, powerful, yadda-yadda... "In the Court of the Crimson King" is a sweeping genesis to the genre that is overflowing with musical enjoyment and is essential for historical significance alone. However, sitting through this album can sometimes feel like a chore, with its extended empty passages and emphasis on mellotron chords.

With the obvious exception of "21st Century Schizoid Man" (which will positively destroy the listener with delight), these songs are exceptionally slow and generally boring. Fripp's guitar sounds like little more than airy noddling throughout, and displays none of his famed prowess, nor do the other players demonstrate anything especially memorable. This may sound like a pretty huge complaint against "In the Court", but there are still plenty of merits to attract the burgeoning progressive rock fan. The vibe of "In the Court" will appeal to anyone feeling moody, the instrumental work offers some hidden gems for the ambitious (and patient) listener. Greg Lake's vocals remain a highpoint for me as well. Fans discovering this highly praised relic of the genre for the first time should be prepared for one slow-paced chord after the other, and shouldn't hold their breath waiting for a second guitar solo. Still, mandatory listening for fans of classic prog.

Songwriting 4 Instrumental Performances 3 Lyrics/Vocals 4 Style/Emotion/Replay 3

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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