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King Crimson


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5 stars Anyone who is interested in good drumming should own this album. Bruford rocks the set very hard of this one.

This album catches King Crimson at their most accessible, and at their most dark. This album is a sort of fusion between jazz and heavy metal. The title track is really hard hitting, but for some people it is boring. Not so by any stretch, as a few listens should confirm. The motif is not the whole song, but it might be all you hear the first time through. This song drives fast and hard, and is great fun. This is the closest that king crimson ever come to the heavy metal style, their other work is not straightforward enough. The guitar intro to this song is brilliant, by the way. Next is a ballad with a strong beat, like a power ballad with a twist. It is a very good power ballad though, even though the power ballad genre is rightly despised. It features som unusual instrumentation, and goes a bit off the deep end into uncharted territory, before returning to the central melody. The third song is a masterpiece of the drumset, featuring the infamous broken cymbal. It has a very poppy melody, and very aggressive music. It has a saxophone solo in the middle, which fit the music very well, but was a bit tame and cliche. The fourth song is an improv, and is very nice. It is one of the most accessible king crimson improvs from this era. I love the starting interactions between bass and violen. I guess a word to describe them is cute. I love when it gets heavy all of a sudden. The bass lines get very groovy. The final song makes this album a masterpiece. It is simply beautiful, and rather then describe it, I'll just leave it at the fact that words don't do it justice.

This album gets 5 stars for the drumming, and the last song. The rest of the album might get 4 stars.

Nuke | 5/5 |


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