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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.66 | 978 ratings

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4 stars I recently listened to In the Court of the Crimson King and Red and decided to also give THRAK a spin for a long time.

Well, one observation is that Belew clearly isn't my favourite KC vocalist, even though he sounds better here than on the 80's records I've heard. The album starts interestingly with guitar-heavy instrumentals in style of the title song of Red. Then the self-ironic "Dinosaur" is introduced. It was the first KC song I heard and I still like it. The vocals work quite well here and the chorus is simple and powerful. "Walking on Air" is a slow, melodic song. Much colder than the band's melodic sweeps in the 70's, but still pleasant to listen to. After it the album continues with introducing Bruford's drumming skills in "B'Boom" and Fripp's guitars probably at their brutalest (the title song). Then the album starts to lose its grip. The short two-part songs "Inner Garden" and "Radio" don't offer much and "People" is plain boring attempt to mainstream rock. Or maybe it's also a self- ironic song as "Dinosaur", but this time it just doesn't work for me. "One Time" is however a good ballad, similar to "Walking on Air". "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" hints at "21st Century Schizoid Man" but pales in comparison. The album closes as it started with Fripp's angry guitars. "Vrooom Vrooom" reminds a lot of "Red" (the song).

Overall, THRAK is a good album. A bit cold (thanks mostly to the vocalist), but still interestingly varied and very powerful and venomous at its best.

PolarWolf | 4/5 |


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