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King Crimson


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4 stars In the Wake of Poseidon ? 1970 (3.6/5) 12 ? Best Song: Cadence and Cascade Quick to do more damage to the outside world by bringing together the same style of raving jazz blistering such material and fresh on the heels of their first success, the band decided it was time to go in a completely different direction by?doing pretty much the same thing as before. It isn't fair to say that then call the review a day, I mean it doesn't exactly tell you what's going on, does it? Well, let's just go through with it then. In the Wake of Poseidon is a solid, solid album. It also happens to be one of the least important King Crimson albums. What's that mean? Well, 'Pictures of a City' is definitely a lesser rewriting of 21st Century Schizoid Man. They cut out the heavy hammering, and the song's got less substance, but they utilize te exact same style of vocal delivery (sort of ominous and monotonous). What would you expect them to follow that with? A banal hard rocker with little actual direction? No, it's a reiteration of Talk to winds! It's really good, though, almost as good as Winds, which is strange because Pictures was nowhere near as good as Schizoid. 'Cadence and Cascade' is the link that connects both of them. I've started off on the wrong foot. Let me return to the beginning. Poseidon is an excellent album in its own right. Any normal jam/prog band would kill for this type of offhand quality. There's an even larger weight put on the symphonic element. The title track does so very fluidly. Greg Lake is one of my all time favorite prog vocalists by the way. He's only beaten out by maybe Peter Gabriel, really. Hey, it even has a big, directionless waste of time, too! 'Devil's Triangle' should be shot.
Alitare | 4/5 |


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