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HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE TO BE HAPPY WITH

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.38 | 67 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars This CD was released in advance of The Power To Believe, to give a bit of a preview to the album. Despite having ten tracks, the disk really has only four true songs on it. The rest are short interludes and tone poems, showing off the new effects the band has obtained. And the last track, Clouds, is a string of studio blurbs, noises, quotes from the band, and small musical ideas, strung together in a collage. Actually, in it's own way it's interesting.

Of the four songs, Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With is the best of the new material (Larks' Tongues In Aspic - Part IV is a better song, but it's a live recording of a track from the previous album). It's a kick-a**, powerful song, with funny, self referential lyrics. Eyes Wide Open is a Belew ballad. It's not bad, but belongs more on a Belew solo album than a Crimson release. And Potato Pie is another loud, off-key blues based song, similar in style to ProzaKc Blues from the previous album.

For what it is, this album is not bad, but except for Potato Pie, there is no other reason one might need it.

2.5 stars, rounded up.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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