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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.28 | 1192 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
2 stars 2,5 stars at most!!

The third album of this KC evolution did not change much from the previous two albums, that even the title is apt: more of the same. And believe me, if you are no fan of that very same (check out my reviews of Discipline and Beat albums for those very reasons of why I am no fan), this album can be a plain bore.

There are still a few interesting moments on this album (mostly on the flipside), not least the rather strange tribute to Lark's Tongue (here is the pt3) closing the album and to a lesser extent, the lengthier Industry. But there is little else on this album to arouse my interest. Actually, listening to any of these three 80's albums irritates me slightly as I am simply not fond of this cold and technical pop sound all too typified by the 80's, as can be witnessed on the A-side of ToaPP poppy material (Sleepless and Open Heart). There are some fairly annoying or bizarre tracks as well, like the thankfully Dig Me

As I pointed out this and Beat do not add anything new to Discipline and by now the recipe is wearing thin. The fact is that, this line-up never did much to me as the levels "technicity" and dexterity and complexity (relative, given some of the poppier tracks) of the musicians is of course awesome but leaves me rather cold. Best avoided IMHO, despite some highlights on the flipside. Actually in some ways, ToaPP might be slightly more interesting than Beat, due to its more experimental flipside.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |


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