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King Crimson


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4 stars King Crimson - 'Starless and Bible Black' 4 stars

A great album, just wedged in between two unbelievable classics.

After the incredibly experimental 'Larks.' and right before an incredible jam record as 'Red', this album will obviously get some slack. It doesn't stand up to those two albums at all, but it is a great one regardless.

David Cross's violin contributions are his best on this album. Everyone else still maintains there ever vibrant sounds. The opening number, 'The Great Deceiver' is the most friendly Crimson song ever created. It features some really frantic guitar riffs from Fripp and a catchy chorus that is really humorous.

All the tracks have some instrumental goodness in them, but the true standouts are the last two mini- epics. The title track has some really cool improv's in the middle and when they exit has an unbelievably structured rhythm section by Bruford and Wetton. I will state again, unbelievable rhythm section. Fripp's guitar would also soar over them, creating an illustrious soundscape.

'Fracture' closes this album out beautifully. It stands alongside the wonderful titans that Crimson produced in their career so far. Slow song that goes into a never-ending explosive instrumental, makes it sad that it did in fact, end.

The worst of the Wetton era, but an excellent album none the less.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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