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King Crimson


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3.83 | 1980 ratings

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3 stars And once again the eternal subject regarding this album comes back: it's the SAME THING as "In The Court Of The Crimson King", for sure. Let's talk about it: Before listening to it, I had already read a lot of reviews claiming this fact and I tried really hard to keep a sort of indipendence of thought and not to get too influenced by them, but in the end the similarity is simply...just....undeniable. From a certain point of view it is quite simple to understand why: the pressure on the band to release another album that would have had the same pushing force as their first one had, but this prerogative prevent them to bring new fresh elements to their work, a characteristic which makes "In The Wake Of Poseidon" not a bad album, sure, but a poor man's copy of "In The Court Of The Crimson King". I could only describe as embarrassing the similarity of the "In the wake of Poseidon" track to "Epitaph". and how "Pictures Of A City" sounds like "21st Century Schizoid Man".

Anyway there is good music in it: "The Devil's Triangle" suite is really interesting number, which recalls pretty closely contemporary music and that kind of musical direction already suggested by The Beatles tune "Revolution 9" on their White Album; the track is absolutely visionary, scary and features very good mellotron flushes, sounding awesome and nightmarish.

A track which is really ambiguous and seems a bit out of context, not sounding as very Crimson is "Cat Food", not a bad track, in the end.

The 3 stars definition is perfect in this case: a good, but non essential album.

Malve87 | 3/5 |


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