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King Crimson


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3.93 | 1646 ratings

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4 stars As previous reviewers wrote, it seems that some songs in this album were recorded live in concert, but the band mixed out the sounds of the audience, added overdubs in the studio and released the songs as part of their new "studio" album.

"The Great Deceiver" has interesting things, like a very good violin and guitar. Wetton sings lead and backing vocals.

"Lament" has good lyrics about the music bussiness, and it is more heavy than the previous song.

"We`ll Let You Know" is an instrumental improvisation which I like.

"The Night Watch" is a ballad with a good instrumental introduction, good guitars by Fripp, and again all vocals by Wetton. It is the best song in this album, IMO.

"Trio" is a peaceful instumental song without drums. Curiously, Bruford had a songwriting credit despite not playing in this song.

"The Mincer" sounds like another improvisation with few vocals and lyrics, and it sounds at the end like the tape was finished without the song being totally recorded.

"Starless and Bible Black" is another instrumental improvisation without much form until the end.

"Fracture" is credited as be composed only by Fripp, and it seems like the song had a clear structure prior to be played. It is a "neurotic" instrumental song, heavy in some parts, with Bruford playing tuned percussion. It is very good piece of music which at the end has a climax. One of the best instumental songs played by this line-up of King Crimson.

Guillermo | 4/5 |


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