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ISLANDS

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

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voliveira
5 stars The most underrated album of King Crimson

Frankly I prefer "Islands" to their previous two, "In the Wake of Poseidon"(which is virtually a photocopy of the first album at all, even the title) and "Lizards". It's an album very symphonic and lethargic in contrast to madness and aggression of the album follows the group's new incarnation

The first side is the weakest, with the exception of "Sailor's Tale, "which is a very good instrumental with the mark of King Crimson.

The second side is much higher. "Ladies of the Road" is a song misogyny and controversial but very entertaining, with nice use of sax. "Prelude: Song of the Gulls" is a very symphonic band, with horns, strings dominating mood.And finally have the title track, one of my favorite ever of band.Is true that it takes to gear, but until it reaches a climax we have Burrel's voice at its best accompanied by a cello and piano wonderful.Then music draws to a beautiful chorus, before everything is back to the beginning guided by an exceptional vocal trompete.After initial themes to be sung again, the music grows exceptionally-all instruments converge to a powerful climax, and we have a presence of unforgettable mellotron.The last three minutes are disposable, but if you want to wait one minute of silence more than two minutes of cacophony and voices, do it

You can understand why this album is so criticized.No there are moments of jazz-fusion of "Lizards" neither the power of tracks like "21st Century Schizoid Man".This is a sad album (perhaps the saddest of all that the band already did), pastoral, peaceful ... made for you relax.5 stars.

voliveira | 5/5 |

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