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IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.83 | 1980 ratings

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besotoxico
4 stars In The Wake Of Poseidon is the second attempt at showing the world what music should strive to accomplish. The album takes all the elements of the first album and tries to push them further. It's not verbatim. Just very similar. The progression can be felt if listened to closely. The biggest improvement being the drums. Michael Giles just kills it on this album which can be felt on the first "real" track.

Peace - A beginning doesn't fell like a real track and could have been omitted.

Pictures of a City is an extension of 21st Century Schizoid Man. It is in the sonic sense. The swing and intensity is there. The vocals are in your face but not as on fire as Schizoid. The riffage is more in depth and the song as a whole is more structured. It doesn't however leave as much room for the avant-craziness that Schizoid accounts for.

Cascade and Cadence doesn't really do it for me. The song is well structured. It's catchy and the acoustic guitar work is on point. The piano is a great accompaniment. The drums again are great. Something about the vocals doesn't work for me. They aren't bad but they just aren't KC to me.

In The Wake Of Poseidon starts with a Mellotron Storm and cuts away. This song is an extension of Epitaph to me. It has the same kind of drum beat during the 1st "verse" though they improve the second "verse" on. The song isn't as monumental as Epitaph. However that shouldn't detract the listener from appreciating the passages. This has the elements to provide "epicness".

Peace - A Theme is a very beautiful acoustic guitar track. Fripp is a master of guitar chords. The song provides a very beautiful landscape for the listener to journey.

Cat Food is an awesome rock and roll song. Very catchy and very crazy in the vein of The Beatles. Short and sweet.

The Devil's Triangle takes forever to start and the beginning reminds me of Mars. Not sure what came from what but it is definitely the same. A very complicated track to listen too though not particularly complex in the rhythm. It eventually builds up but I don't get a sense of accomplishment from it. Maybe they should have done a few more takes.

Peace - An End is better then the beginning but still isn't anything to get crazy about.

Overall this album takes the formula from their first and tries to achieve the same glory of the first. It doesn't really accomplish that in a sense but the music is still good. Everything is a three to me in terms of not accomplishing more with the exception of Cat Food which I consider a Five. Pictures although very mimicking of 21st Century Schizoid Man is a good improvement in terms of involvement. 3.5 stars rounded up because I believe this to still be essential to all prog fans. 4 stars

besotoxico | 4/5 |

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