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King Crimson


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3.66 | 978 ratings

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1 stars Sound and fury, signifying nothing. That's my Cristgau-esque first impression.

Anyway, the tracks I find enjoyable include the intro, "VROOOM," which accurately sums it up. "Dinosaur" is also capital; it can be listened to as an extension on Fripp's famous statements regarding the "rock & roll dinosaur" - quite ironic, given the historical context of his own group, public statements, and apparently shifting personal ideology. However, I NEVER listen to this album. Why bother when there are so many better things out there?

Other than that, there are some songs which show promise, and others than just flat-out don't interest me. "Coda: Marine 475" seems rather bland to me. "Walking on Air" seems dismissible. "B'Boom" is a drum solo, and as such is alright but not exactly riveting. "Thrak" seems like another reiteration of King Crimson's "Larks Tounges" to "Red" history: obsessed, dinosaur-like, with resurrecting the past. Many tritones, as elsewhere. Yawn. The "Inner Garden" songs seem like "Matte Kudasai" without a point. They seem mournful - I'm not buying it. I liked the songs on "Discipline" - they seemed fresh. Much of this seems like a re-hash; it seems like they know it, but have just given up. Yawn. "People" sounds like the boring descriptive singing on "Discipline," but without the ability to hold my interest - then again, I never particularly liked "Elephant Talk." The "Radio" sequences are kind of interesting wooshy interludes. I like them, but they are nonplussing. "One Time" fades into grey with my hopes of this album having a song anywhere near the charged beauty of "Starless." "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" describes my life. But what purpose does it have? If nothing else, to illustrate my ultimate statement regarding this album: sound and fury, signifying nothing - just like my life. Nice though. Enjoyable at moments. "VROOM VROOM" is a re-hash of "Red." Wow - they're positively FLAUNTING their apathy at doing anything novel or interesting. Yawn & ah well - the instrumental "Red" never was a particular fave of mine anyway. The coda is the definition of contractual fulfillment.

penguindf12 | 1/5 |


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