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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.12 | 2112 ratings

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3 stars "Farewell, the temple master's bell."

The record is not freaking awesome, but it's certainly not bad either. This is, actually, quite a feat. Even though there are a couple of numbers with dubious potential, I like the album anyway. I don't mind Gordon Haskell singing on four of the tracks on the album; at least he is doing it right, and that counts. The record, in a nutshell, is not up to the par with the known prog classics, nor does it sound like an ersatz product. It is just very good. 'Cirkus' is mad and really cool, and it is somewhat reminiscent of 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight' (2:29-2:41), as far as brass section imitation goes. I won't like tracks 2 and 3 again unless I will be playing "World of Warcraft" while listening to them (no kidding). I don't mind their presence because they don't disturb me and, somehow, they don't incite boredom to a noticeable degree. Haskell's vocal delivery and Robert Fripp's acoustic guitar performance work really well together in the enamoring 'Lady of the Dancing Water'. Last, but not least (more like "most"), 'Lizard' is the pinnacle of all things on the eponymous album. I like all parts of it, except for the messy instrumental noises in the second half of 'Last Skirmish' on 'The Battle of the Glass Tears'. The coda of the title track, 'Big Top', is my most favorite moment on the whole record. It features a remarkable Mellotron passage that I personally see as something much more valuable than the well-known classical epic "The Rite of Spring". I'm not sorry; that's just me. That Mellotron just gives me the chills.

On an important side note: of course the review is subject to change; I just didn't want to wait for an eternity to write this review, so expect a little more to come here.

1. 'Cirkus' - ****

2. 'Indoor Games' - **

3. 'Happy Family' - **

4. 'Lady of the Dancing Water' - ****

5. 'Lizard' - ****

Stamp: "I like it."

Dayvenkirq | 3/5 |


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