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LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.40 | 1921 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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5 stars What can one say about this masterpiece? Surely that it is one of the greatest and most important progressive rock albums ever made. Why? Because "Lark's Tongues In Aspic" is one of those ESSENTIAL albums of this genre, because it gave a huge contribution in defining it. The album's year is 1973, a year that many consider the best prog period, due to the creation also in the same year of essential works such as "Selling England By the Pound" and "Dark Side Of The Moon".

"Lark's Tongues In Aspic" is truly an Eclectic album: all the songs are different and original, thanks to the extremely talented musicians in the band. An amazing and enigmatic presence such as the one of percussionist Jamie Muir gives a completely different touch of bizarre, not really that present in their previous albums. Also, David Cross's violin is always the main instrument in the creepiest and most mysterious moments, giving the listener a lot of tension. Fripp here puts on one of his best performances in the title track (both tracks), with the use both of mellotron and guitar. Bruford, of course, never disappoints. The first part of the title track is a masterpiece, thirteen minutes of heavy moments alternated calm but tense ones, using as main element a wise sense of bizarre. "Book of Saturday" is a nice and relaxing piece, perfect for an interlude. John Wetton's voice is really expressive and shows a huge amount of talent. "Exiles" starts with some wind sounds accompanied with a mysterious violin piece. It then turns into a nice ballad, where mellotron is the main instrument, along with the vocals. "Easy Money" is a KC classic, great melody, great arrangements, a fantastic live piece. "The Talking Drum" is a fantastic instrumental piece, very calm and mysterious, possibly along one of their best ones. Another live classic. the second part of the title track is the real classic, a guitar based song where Fripp shows possibly his best performance. Heavy, catchy, maybe the best instrumental song of KC (along with part 1)

An essential album, like I said, that should be listened by everybody who truly loves music.

EatThatPhonebook | 5/5 |

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