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King Crimson


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3.08 | 1216 ratings

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3 stars An album that doesn't get it's due respect and I know why, it's the opening tracks of Neil and Jack and Me and Heartbeat.

I got this album when it first came out and compared to Discipline, I found it disappointing on first listen, that was until Sartori In Tangier came on, then all was OK. I have since come to respect those first two tracks, but the meat of this album starts at Sartori. This song is more in the spirit of Discipline, which is to say modern progressive rock. The first two seemed to be trying way too hard to be commercial music (s)hit.

Waiting Man, maybe a little too much like Matte Kudasai, but still well crafted and damn good. Love that Adrianic feedbacky section they do towards the end before resuming the main theme. I don't know why it's there, but it always makes me smile.

Neurotica I think is trying to hearken back to 21st Century Schizoid Man in lyrical theme and being a dark hard piece. It succeeds for me. I would say I have no more to say but I've got the rest of the album to goooooo.

Two Hands, from the darkness of the previous song into the light and warmth. I love that ending guitar lick.

Weird how that last lick transitions into a more twisted and dark hard song, The Howling. Also hearkening back to the Schizoid Man. Probably should have merged the two somehow.

It wraps up with the instrumental Requiem. Kind of a Frippertronic/jammy piece. What can I say, they've had much better endings. More noodlings about in store for the next album.

Slartibartfast | 3/5 |


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