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King Crimson


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Erik Nymas
4 stars True power

Last for now, this is the son of whichever comes before him, as we see here we got back some of the red-blue-yellow sounds merged with dark themes of THRAK and the strong influences with the classical KC's sound (the idea of a theme framed in little parts come out from In the Wake of Poseidon's Peace), everything here give the impression of mature work. Ok KC were mature after the first 3 notes of In the Court of the Crimson King, but here we see every single experimentation merged and at his own place, like a draw painted in the whole career, and while we got a strong intro with the heavy Level five a strong track built from counterpoints as the drums come out from nowhere while the guitar try to accelerate the whole rhytm (anyway this piece contains inside it a lot from THRACK and The ConstruKtion of Light), the end of this song bring us to the second chapeter, a singed and more quite Eyes wide open, again here Belew's voice got the point while everything around it goes for his own way, to marge toghether at Eyes wide open Eyes wide open all the time..., the 3rd part is the wonderfull and childish Elektrik, strong and fullfilled of counterpoint once again, this time is a good guitar, hypnotic and charming as Devil's Triangle. The beginning of the second part of the album starts with Facts of life, I'll skip the intro 'cause it's almost the same (good ambience in it but just that), it's the comeback to the old way: a simple song easy to understand while you listen its words, a complex and more dark piece of music fulfilled with great moments between Mastellotto, Gunn and Fripp. After that Dangerous Curves comes out as the oldest slow ambience tracks (for example the old good The talking drum) wich made the effect of a slow crescendo of something... something like HWWYHTBHW (Happy for friends). I don't like that, since is like I'll repeat myself since is like I'll repeat my words (got the point?), even the music is pointless and empty compared with other tracks on this album. The believe parts are great intros and codas, while part two is a great piece of slow and melodic music, the part 3 is a stunning work from drums and electronic parts, maybe alone could fit the entire album without losing anything, in the end part 1 & 4 open and close this work with the right timing, put them all togheter and you'll have another great piece of music better even than others. Conclusions: some people doesn't like the ''modern'' KC, this is the clue that they are the same since '69. Only 4 stars since I don't like too much the second part and it does not add anything to the first 4 songs or to the believe frames.

Erik Nymas | 4/5 |


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