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THRAKATTAK

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

2.58 | 154 ratings

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1791 Overture
4 stars Raucous, busy, uncompromising fun - this stuff comes right out of the gate in a manner that seats it comfortably at the furthest reaches of RIO. The suffocating, industrial atmosphere and modernistic rhythms bring Henry Cow's improvisations of the 70's to mind immediately - but the inclusion of six (count 'em) participants, including Fripp's unmistakable guitar, give this album an immediate edge. This is not pretty, synergistic improvisation - if you are looking for the beauty of Trio or the remarkable discipline of Providence, look elsewhere, fellow Crimso fan. Here we have only a landscape carved out of glass shards and exhaust fumes that each member of the band exploits for his own amusement; no one is spoiling the excitement by listening to each other. Instead, we get to hear each of them go off to play on their own against this unwelcoming backdrop!

This is the machinations of Crimson with all their best members present, each of them trapped on the same stage: bang shit, make noise, try to stay alive. A great album - it can't rightfully be called a masterpiece, but boy is this freedom a breath of cold air compared to the lukewarm, mechanistic, and uninspired Thrak studio album.

1791 Overture | 4/5 |

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