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King Crimson


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3.28 | 1191 ratings

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3 stars KC continue with their updated formula to create a symbiose of progressive yet accessible pop-rock. The album has some simple new-wave tracks that will be opposed by the old KC fans but they will be pleased by the second size with a few experimental tracks and the direct message to the 70's KC legacy in the last composition. Adrian Belew's vocals start showing a new influence: Jeff Lynne (ELO) as featured on the second, third Bill Bruford continues challenging himself by embracing more electronic drums and creating new rhythms.

The first track should actually draw attention from all fans since KC managed to combine complexity and accessibility here which is not the case on other tracks. "Sleepless" is a moderate and monotonous track that goes on for too long. "Man with an open heart" is a direct nod to new wave sound. "Industry" emphasizes band's tight rhythmical abilities and Fripp taste to deliver guitar landscapes. Levin's slap bass stands out. "No warning" is another instrumental but rather forgettable track since it seems to be more improvised than coherent. As expected by the name, the last track is a crowning jewel of the album and a dessert for a listener with every member of the band contributing.

Unfortunately, after this album, the band went silent for 10 years.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |


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