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LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.39 | 1888 ratings

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Moonstone
2 stars I've never really understood this album.

Sure, it's very experimental and very much in King Crimsons spirit, but there's way too much noodling and waste of time on this album.

I am a psychedelic-rock fan, and a space-rock fan, but somehow this album doesn't work for me that well. The production is awful. Yes, it's 1972-73, but there are other albums out there by other bands from the same period that sounds infinitly much better than this one.

I get bored listening to the first 5 minutes of just bells and beads of "Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One" Why did they want it to go on for SO long? To bore people? Did people HAVE to take psychedelic drugs for it to work and so they could bear to get through it? There are some great parts in it though, some great hard, muddy riffs, and some interesting rhyhms from both Bruford and Muir, but as a whole I dont find it interesting enough.

I never really got "Book Of Saturdays" and "The talking drum" either. Experimental YES, but good songs? NO.

The only good tracks for me on this album is "Easy money" and "Exiles." "Easy money" is a sleazy, bluesy number with great attitude & vocals from Wetton, with a cool jam in the middle part. "Exiles" is reminiscent of King Crimsons first era, like "Epitaph" and "In the wake of Poseidon" (the era I like the best) and is a good song, maybe for me, the best on the album.

"Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two" ends the album, and I find this part more interesting than the first. Some odd timesignatures with cool violin-parts on top of it.

Not a BAD album, but a patchy and poorly produced one. One of my least favourite ones.. 3 stars.

Moonstone | 2/5 |

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