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King Crimson


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Dark Nazgul
4 stars Lark's Tongues in Aspic? They could perhaps be used for the witch's potion, but for now is simply great music.

First of all ... what a strange title, dont'you think?

For that record, Fripp reformed the band recruiting Bill Bruford, John Wetton, David Cross and the enigmatic percussionist Jamie Muir. The result is a great album, with "Red" the best of this second season. The music is almost always unique, balanced between jazz- rock and experimental, and sounds are very hard at times.

Lark's Tongues In Aspic - Part One. The most experimental of all the compositions of the album, with an innovative use of percussion and a hypnotic violin solo by Cross. Robert Fripp's guitar erupts loudly and suddenly, and then the sound immediately becomes very hard, almost heavy. Memorable final crescendo. Rating: 8 / 10

Book Of Saturday. Echoes of a past not far away. It's a great song, magic, which follows on the heels of "I Talk To The Wind", "Cadence And Cascade", and "Island". The violin parts by Cross are of unmatched beauty. Rating: 10/10

Exiles. Another masterpiece. After a mysterious introduction, the song develops into a harmonious and sweet, with Wetton singing with great feeling. Still to report the wonderful violin parts of Cross. Rating: 9 / 10

Easy Money. Excellent track with Fripp and Wetton memorable protagonists of the central section, and good vocal parts. Rating: 7 / 10

The Talking Drum. Perhaps the less compelling of the album, but still not bad. It is a piece of experimental percussion, showcase for the talents of Muir and Bruford. The exotic violin melody of the central part, which is grafted on Fripp's guitar, ends with a crescendo that leads directly to the next song. Rating: 6 / 10

Lark's Tongues In Aspic - Part Two. It is the great and unique Robert Fripp's bolero. This song is a bit 'of everything: heavy distorted guitars and sounds, unique moments of sound experimentation, disturbing and sinister atmosphere and an excellent use of percussion. Everything is held together by a legendary main riff played with guitar and electric violin, which still remains one of the best things in the band's career. Rating: 10/10.

This album is very experimental and innovative (so it is not very easy to listen) and still one of the most successful works by King Crimson. Very close to get the fifth star.

Rating: 8 / 10. Four stars.

Best song: Lark's Tongues In Aspic Part Two

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |


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