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King Crimson


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3.92 | 1867 ratings

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2 stars Starless and Bible Black ? 1974 (2.4/5) 8 ? Best Song: I got no clue! Ever wondered what KC'd be like if they decided to go hogwild and perform as a rockin' heavy prog act, a la Rush? No? Me either. Luckily that will never happen in the entirety of all music. There's probably a higher chance that Steven Speilberg will communicate with aliens via an old mono copy of Duran Duran's Rio. What's the special note about Starless and Bible Black, then? Well, it does begin with the unforgettable phrase 'Health Food Faggot'. Because the group has entered into a relatively stable line-up, the sound hasn't changed so much since Larks'. It's a series of overproduced, powerful jam sessions. The rock guitar engineering is at an all time high, which might seem to be a real benefit, but the lyrics (which I usually ignore) are worthless. That last sentence made no sense. It might seem like a real benefit, but the slick production weakens everything in sight. Even if Fripp lays onto us a massive, monumental riff, chances are they'll ignore it to have sappy violins drown everything in redundant pomposity. What a bunch of unpredictable fuckers. Ugh, this might actually be the worst King Crimson album, yet. I hate to say it, but the soft violins and cavernesque hollows they try to overproduce in each and every song grows off a man very quickly. Imagine an entire album of Moonchild played on repeat. It's so pointless, but at least they have more internal integrity than Gene Simmons!
Alitare | 2/5 |


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