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King Crimson


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4.54 | 3019 ratings

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The Crimson King delights us one more time with this fabulous album, keeping the "Lark's..." line. The thing that I would like to to put emphasis in is the instrumental section of Starless, but first a review of the previous 4 songs.

Red: really don't like much, but is well made. It has some brilliant moments, but generally speaking it works as sample of what we are taking about when we talk about KC's RED. 3/5

Fallen Angel: it has an interesting opening. When Wetton starts singing it feels very confortable. The bass guitar and Bruford's drumming fit in the first verse perfectly, the sound is great. The chorus is a magnificent creation to, the sustained voices gives the tedious aspect, like if realy the angel was falling. The bass riff collaborates with that unfortunate scene and the high note on the guitar does it to. The union of the final of the chorus with the beginning of the second verse is the moment that I like the most in the song. Then keeps rollin' to get to the secont chorus and then fades out. If we take a look of the structure of the song we get: intro/verse/large chorus/verse/final chorus... an interesting structure. Not very common. 4.5/5

One More Red Nightmare: Great takeoff!!!The drumline of the beginning is another of my favorite moments in the album. Even when the lyrics start the sound effect for the snare drum simulating a clap seems exelent to me. An exelent idea too is the whole sung section, very atractive. Another enjoyable section is the instrumental. Is not as creative as the one from Starless but is good. Anyway ... I like this song! 4/5

Providence: I don't have much to say about it, just that is beautyfull. Very crazy, but it has some nice elements, mostly when Bruford gets in the song... and that bass guitar!!!! It shakes my bones... what a sound!!.. very progressive guitar solo too. 3.5/5

Starless: WHAT A SONG!... Absolutely the best one of this record. Let's split it in three sections. The first one and the harmonic one. The guitar riff in the beginning is such a delightfull melody, it's quite charming and relaxing. The verse: a complete work of art. In a scale of 1 to 10, being 1 the most unconfortable situation ( like being wet, covered with sand in a little car full of people heading nowhere on a road in the meddle of the desert) and 10 the most confortable one (heaven) I give this section 9 points, just because I don't know how the heaven is, but I asume that is quite confortable. So, summary for the first part: just magnific.

The second section, the instrumental one. Bass and guitar doind some of the most rare melodies that i've ever heard, but also one of my favorite instrumental sections too. So progressive! I like a lot the note played by the guitar in two strings (if I'm not wrong, that's a way to get that "different tone" effect for the same note in a guitar), and the 13/8 bass riff. We wait a little and Bill enters with the jam blocks in 4/4. With it, the thing acquires a little more of movement. When the hole drumkit gets in accion is really agressive but in a particular way. Anyway is lovely. The song is getting gradually more powerfull, until the saxophone solo comes into the scene, WHAT A MOMENT!! a great outcome.

The third section, it keeps beign 100% instrumental, but with a variation: it comes back to te first idea. Exelent reprise of the primal riff


So, doing the maths....

3 + 4.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 5 = 20 20/5 = 4

4 stars for this one fellows!

wato | 4/5 |


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