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King Crimson


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3.09 | 1421 ratings

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2 stars King Crimson - 'Beat' 2 stars

Take everything that Discipline had, and make it annoying.

The more poppish approach gave this one that oh so ill feeling, of a band doing something intricate and complicated, but then trying to intentionally throw in some pop that just does not integrate well at all. All of the spoken word dialogues in Discipline also took a deep plunge, making me want to squeeze the air out of Adrian Belew. Shorter songs, and more focuses on the chorus made this an anti-King Crimson album, things just weren't calculated as well.

Two possible tracks that stick out are 'Sartori in Tangier' and 'Requiem'. 'Requiem' was a bunch of beautiful 'Frippertronics', but you could find those on plenty of Fripp's solo albums, and those are where the best are really at.

I think this is a pretty bad work, avoid unless you are a big fan. 'Discipline' is enough.

ProgBagel | 2/5 |


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