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King Crimson


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3 stars Lizard is an album that pokes out in the King Crimson discography, because it sounds very strange in my opinion. The weird thing about this album is that lots of people really enjoy this album. I have seen people online put it in their top three King Crimson albums, which in my opinion is strange because I think it is one of their weaker works. The album has Gordon Haskell on bass and vocals, the only album to feature him. I think that he is the weakest out of the many vocalists that King Crimson has had over the years. Gordon Haskell in my opinion sounds bad with a band like King Crimson, and the musical change on this album made him fit in more, but somehow he still sounds strange. The album also has Andy McCulloch as the drummer, and his drumming sounds forced. I remember reading up an article about the album. Apparently Robert Fripp was trying to get him to play technical music, but it was out of his range, thus making the drumming sound forced. Cirkus is one of the stronger tracks on the album, it sounds good but it is not a excellent song in any way. The two tracks that follow, Indoor games and Happy family, sound pretty okay at best. The songs just sound like a strange improvisation or jam session that was recorded at put onto a studio album, for some reason. Lady of the dancing water is nothing special either, except for the fact that it is one of the stronger songs. The song sounds more King Crimson like and not a weird improvisation or jam session as mentioned above. Lizard is the 20 minute plus side long epic that closes the album. It is notable due to the fact that it features the legendary Jon Anderson from the prog titan Yes. The song Lizard only has Jon Anderson on the first song because Gordon Haskell apparently did not fit for the job. The rest of the song is pretty good, probably the strongest song off the album. Overall Lizard is pretty meh or okay at best, its not horrible but its certainly my least favorite King Crimson album.
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