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STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.89 | 1251 ratings

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Apollo2112
5 stars Amazing!

I would argue that this album is even better than its neighbors, Larks' Tongues in Aspic and Red. The improv pieces on this album are a great representation of Wetton-era King Crimson's style, much better than Red's Providence.

The Great Deceiver is my favorite short King Crimson song, and certainly a powerful opener. After an abrupt transition comes Lament, which starts out in good contrast to the opener, soft and melodic. Then it transitions to a very heavy third and fourth verse, ending strong. We'll Let You Know is a nice bass-based improv, transitioning nicely into the beautiful Night Watch. Trio is a very relaxing string-based improv on which Bruford was credited for his decision not to play. The Mincer is the weakest track, but even it has it's merits. The title track is a long-form improv, typical of the Wetton-led lineup.

The album closes Fracture. If you ever begin to doubt Robert Fripp's greatness, go listen to Fracture again. And again, and again. Then realize this was recorded live, so there is only ONE guitar playing - Fripp's. Even better listen to one of the many live versions of this song/ Every note is sheer prog-rock perfection, from the unnerving opening to the monumental conclusion.

Starless and Bible Black is an awesome, essential album that every fan of prog should have. Fripp fans get an extra treat (just as David Cross fans got treated on Larks Tongues.)

9.5/10 (.5 off for the Mincer)

Apollo2112 | 5/5 |

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