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IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.84 | 2227 ratings

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Eastvillage
4 stars There is a lot of complaining that indicates this is a carbon copy of crimsons first album. I don't know why people consider that as a problem when the first album was so perfect? And, it isn't a complete carbon copy, it just contains a similar mood with similar songs, but there is also some new material here.

Pictures of a city is this albums 21st century schizoid man, however I consider it as a little bit better. It's more variating than it's close relative, and I really like the balance-walking saxophone part. As the previous album, the rage of the first track is followed up by a very mellow track. This time it is Candence and Cascade. It is a very nice track, but it lacks the mystic, surreal feeling of I talk to the wind. However, they are different songs and the only reminder is the mellow feeling and the flute. In the wake of poseidon is probably the best track here. It's very similar to Epitaph from the first album with the melancholy, mellotron and accoustic guitars. However it not succeeds to reach the same heights, but it's close.

Then we only have the really new tracks left. Sadly they aren't as good as the first half of the album. First out we have Cat Food. It's like a crazy mix of Crimson, with a sampled bass-line from Beatles and piano similar to aladin sane. It's an OK track, but I find the Vocals amatourish and cheesy. As always, Crimson have put a very experimental track in this album. Devils triangle is a mellotron driven version of the composer Holt's Mars - Bringer of War.It may be one of the scarriest and most effectfull tracks by King Crimson, ever. Sadly, the song just goes too far in the ending, which consists of lots of different sounds and melodies creating a non-music sounding mess.

The album also contain three small interludes called peace, one in the beginning, one in the middle and one in the end. Althrough they arent essential material, I think they add a nice atmosphere to this album. Besides the end of Devils Triangle, this album doesn't contain any Moonchild Illusion music, but most of the tracks aren't as memorable as they were on their first album, and the new material falls a little bit behind of Crimson standards. But if you like the first album, you definitely would like this too, and all of the tracks are more or less good.

Eastvillage | 4/5 |

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