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DISCIPLINE

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.13 | 2049 ratings

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Eastvillage
3 stars Cool, but plastic.

I have very hard to grip this album. It's very unique, extremely complex and cool. But there are too much talking, too systematic, too plastic and too repetative. Discipline is actually a very fitting name, because the whole album (excluding indiscipline) is very.... disciplined. It follows a straight path, it doesn't dare to turn, it's mostly very sterile and plastic. I don't like the lyrics that much either... too stylish, too purposeless. At the same time, they are cool in their own way, but you never gets into them that much.

Elephant talk can be seen as a overlook of the album. The song most consists of a theme when Adrian are talking about talking, while Robert and Tony Levin are playing sterile and repetative, but at the same time rather cool, lines on the guitar and the chapman stick. It's a rather good song.

Frame by frame has to be my favourite on this album. It's very mechanic and straight in its composition, but the lyric part of the song is very emotional and melodic, with the cool chapman and the guitar in the background. The instrumental part is less good and quite repetative, but works.

Matte Kudasai is also quite nice, but I think it sounds more like a pop song than progressive rock. A pleasant and calm song with a typical 80s sound.

Indiscipline is more like the Crimson we have learned to know, more energic and agressive and less systematic than the rest of this album. But I find the talking irritating and the song still much variating so... it works, but not more than that.

Thela Hun Ginjeet are basically a better version of Elephant talk with a faster tempo, cooler sound and lyrics and more energic. The only song when this sound of Crimson actually shines.

The sheltering Sky has a nice, lush sound and I like this track rather much. But like amny of theŽother songs, it stands it's ground too much and never changes that much.. The instrument appearing in the foreground (I can't place what it is, maybe a guitar?) is cool, but after a while rather randomized and irritating.

Discipline - maybe the worst track here? It feature the cool, new sound, but it has too be the most repetative song Crimson have ever released. It doesn't seem to take us anywhere and after have listen too it some minute, I am just confused.

For me, this is not at all the same crimson as before. The thing that's still kept is a cool sound, but there are not many contrasts, really energic and agressive parts, no suprises, and not that many touching calm parts either. The album is very unique and can be fun to listen to, but the sterile sound left us on a distance, unable to get deaper into it.

Eastvillage | 3/5 |

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