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IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.63 | 4318 ratings

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TheMadHatter
5 stars I believe this was one of the first prog album I ever listened to. (First was Images and Words then Blackwater Park. While reading a review of BWP, someone compared it to ITCOTCK so I decided to give it a listen). I'm ashamed to say that at the time I listened to this, I wasn't too impressed. 21st Century Schizoid Man was a fine tune--weird but fine no less--however the rest of the album didn't stick. I wanted something heavy with raging guitarist and technicality. My adventures in virtuoso music somehow always ended in disappointment--the music lacked the conviction and feeling that progressive music held. So I turned my attention to prog music and I've never looked back.

After giving this album a few more listens, I've really fallen in love with it. Each track has a life of its own, yet while listening to the album, I never feel like it skips a beat. 21st Century Schizoid Man is frightening and powerful and about halfway through the song when it goes into double time is very cool. I Talk To the Wind is mellow and features the flute. Epitaph is despairing and can bring you to tears if you let it. Moonchild is gentle and mystical and the five minute avant garde jam session is interesting. The final track in this album is very powerful and dark.

I don't have many elegant words to describe this album. Every composition is very strong and very different. ITCOTCK is a very unique King Crimson album and is a must-have for every fan of progressive music. This album is flawless and prog at its best. 5/5

TheMadHatter | 5/5 |

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