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IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.63 | 4159 ratings

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NickCrimsonII
5 stars 'In the Court of the Crimson King' The one that started it all, right? A piece of art, a masterpiece, an absolute epitome of a genre that was declared by the fools as pompous and unfashionable. Whatever it is, King Crimson's debut album has received its deserved massive adoration through tons of acknowledgements, laudatory reviews, and innumerable accolades. So, all that I might even think of writing about it, will be completely insufficient.

So, was it the starting point for progressive rock? Some will say yes, undoubtedly, others will argue that the late 60s started the whole idea of being 'progressive', unconventional, boundless in terms of musicality.

No matter on which side you find yourself, there are things that 'In the Court of the Crimson King' has proven to the musical fans: It is an album where you see musicians going off the limits, getting close to the edge of perception, and even crossing it, resulting in a charming and compelling trespass through the fields of the unknown, the area of free improvisation based on a momentary impulse of genius. It is also an album that caused an explosion, influencing arguably every artist to ever wave the progressive flag. Both mind-blowing and eye-opening: it showed the world how you can break the boundaries of what is well-known and what is comfortable, it indicated the beginning of a new way of introducing and experiencing music. Music, as a form of eccentric, yet mystical extravagance, music supposed to be heard, even experienced (both emotionally and mentally).

No other album deserves its five-star rating more than this one. Not only because of the perfect musical compositions, the masterful performance of every musician, or the angelic and otherworldly singing of Greg Lake but because of the humongous impact it had on music, no matter what genre it has influenced.

Of course, a track-by-track dissection is irrelevant here, nor it is a description of the line-up. What I wanted to touch on about 'In the Court of the Crimson King' is the ideas that it channels, the impact of the record and the overall personal impression I've got from it.

NickCrimsonII | 5/5 |

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