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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.12 | 2008 ratings

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5 stars A big departure from the first two albums. More jazzy, more happy, even if the writing team of Fripp and Sinfield still remains. And this time, no real weak track.

"Cirkus" is a great opener, mixing dark music with happy lyrics. "Indoor Games" is a happy jazzy track. "Happy Family" is very catchy - only one word to describe the song: humour! "Lady Of The Dancing Water" is simply beautiful - "Moonchild' should have been like this one on the first album. Then the album ends with its centerpiece - the 23+ minutes title track "Lizard". Maybe the most progressive track of the first three albums, it contains soft passages ("Prince Rupert awakes", "The battle of the glass tears" and "Prince Rupert's lament"), a beautiful instrumental ("Bolero"), jazzy music ("Dawn song") and silly improv ("Last skirmish"). I tend to agree that the last part ("Big Top") could have easily been skipped.

Rating: 90/100

zaxx | 5/5 |


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