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King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic CD (album) cover


King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 2580 ratings

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the philosopher
5 stars Larks Tongues In Aspic is already King Crimson's 5th effort with a totally new line up with Bill Bruford (primarely Yes) on drums, David Cross on Violin and mellotron, John Wetton on vocals and bass en Jamie Muir on percussion and of course Robert Frip (the king itself) on guitars and mellotron. After an initial largely succesfull period (The Court of the Crimson King, In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard), their fourth effort was some kind of misstep. It hadn't the great refreshment of the King's previous releases and became a commercial backdraw.

Robert Fripp surely wanted to show it's fans that he was still full of ideas and so here is: the Largues Tongues: and totally differant sounding Crimson, because of the use of violins and Fripps use of heavy distorted guitars. Before this record Fripp was especially good on the mellotrons but on this release he shows his excellent guitar technique. And how: this is one of the earliest metal-sounding records, while not being metal in it's means. This is still progressive rock, but more heavy then previously heard.

The songs perfectly match with each other. This album is like a road: there is a beginning and an end and within there are lot's of sideways and bridges and landscapes. There are many silent passages wich lead to heavy passages. Most of the time is just filled with instrumental absurdities and within are nice ballads.

I thought this record to be a 4,5 star, but because of it's groundbraking sound I'll make it 5.

the philosopher | 5/5 |


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