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King Crimson


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4.12 | 1989 ratings

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3 stars Of the 4 KC albums that I own (ITCOTCK, Larks' Tongues, Red, and this one) Discipline is probably the least interesting. Not that it's a bad album but it just isn't as great as the 3 others mentioned above. Elephant Talk, Matte Kudasai, and Thela Hun Ginjeet are all very good tracks but the others are either decent or just sub-par. One very unique element to this album that doesn't appear on any of Crim's previous recordings is the dual guitar interplay. I find that the way that Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp interact with each other musically is quite simply, stunning (just listen to the title track)! But this doesn't conceal the fact that Bill Bruford's role in KC's music is downplayed to keeping repetitious, tribal rhythms throughout the whole darn CD with the exception of Indiscipline on which he cuts loose and plays more like he does on Larks' Tongues and Red. There are some catchy choruses and hooks on here, especially the Talking Head's style Thela Hun Ginjeet but most of this music isn't quite as memorable as say, 21st Century Schizoid Man. Overall, Discipline is worth a listen but does not have the same gratifying and timeless effect as many of the earlier Crimson discs.
volta3 | 3/5 |


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