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STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.93 | 1700 ratings

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zaxx
2 stars This album contains much more improv than last one and is therefore much less accessible.

"The Great Deceiver" is a mix between a great rock song and silly Frippertronics- based improv. Same goes with "Lament", but on a darker note. "We'll Let You Know" is total improv - not the kind of music I like from King Crimson. Fortunately, this album contains beautiful gems like "The Night Watch" and "Trio" - one great ballad and one great instrumental with a "trio" of violin, mellotron and bass (strangely Bill Bruford doesn't play on this song though he is credited for the songwriting). "The Mincer" is another nice track - this time the prog parts really blend well with John Wetton's lyrics. The album ends with "Starless And Bible Black" and "Fracture", which really sound like Larks' tongues part I and II - one improv written by the whole band with lots of time changes and one Fripp-driven improv.

Rating: 64/100

zaxx | 2/5 |

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