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King Crimson


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3 stars Here is the 3rd album by Prog Rock practitiononers King Crimson or who I like to called the great Crimson King, by this point Greg Lake and Michael Giles (uh oh not good that he left, ouch!!!) had left the band and were replaced by Gordon Haskell and Andy McCulloch. King Crimson had been known at this poin in time for their wierdness and oddness in the music world with In The Court and In The Wake(the better one, yeah I said that!!!). Here is my review of this odd recording. It sounds similar to the previous couple recordings and it's rather not that interesting at all

Here is the track listing for this album known as "Lizard"

1. Cirkus- Note to the guys in King Crimson when you do something like this I'll listen and then maybe admire you and become a fan, you guys don't do it enough though, I love this song it's the epitome of Prog Rock, McCulloch kills the drums on here(only song that he does it good enough though) 10/10

2. Indoor Games- Off beat guitars and instruments are not remotely interesting in my opinion, it tries to fool you and keep you on your listening ears, I don't mind off beat rhythms but they don't make it interesting enough, Gordon Haskell sounds a lot like Stewie Griffin from Family Guy on this album but mostly on this song(no!!!!!!!!!), I don't want Stewie Griffin singing for any band especially a Prog Rock band (ahh!!!!!!!). I find myself saying 'What's the point??" listening to this garbage piece of a song, it's terrible, remember when you are sober you realize that "it's crap" 4/10

3. Happy Family- sounds the same as Indoor Games it tries to confuse you, but it does nothing for me, Gordon Haskell has this weird and odd vocal delivery, this song again does absolutely nothing for me, it's well understood from me that the Guys in the great Crimson King know how to play they just don't do it interestingly enough, anyways this song sounds a lot like Indoor Games(the way it's structured and delivered),it has me screaming "change it up!!!!!" 4/10

4. Lady Of The Dancing Water- another great song, I love Haskell vocals on here though a bit formulaic with a ballad on the first 3 albums, I love everything about this song, it's beautiful and well crafted, if only Crimson did this more often( sighs) what a waste of talents 10/10

5. Lizard - Now we reach the big bloated epic of the album known as Lizard , however it fails as an epic, it carries on without going anywhere in my opinion, here is the epic examined in its many portions

a) Prince Rupert Awakes- This has a guest appearance from Jon Anderson( of Yes fame) and beautiful done "Wake your reasons hollowed vote, wear your blizzard season-coat, burn a bridge and burn a boat, stake a lizard by the throat", I love that line(whatever the hell that means?), the best part of the song unfortunately, they couldn't get Haskell to sing this because I'm guessing it doesn't fit his vocal range, try an imagine Gordon Haskell singing this, I know it doesn't fit well at all

b) Bolero - The Peacock's Tale- I like the first few minutes of this piece but then it starts to tail off and it goes nowhere leading to the next part of the song

c) The Battle of Glass Tears-This part of the song is terrible, it's repeats itself over and over and over(maybe it's my intolerance but believe me I have a long load of patience), a fine example of repeating itself over and over and making it good is "Abaddon's Bolero" by ELP it's structured and it's very complex and layered but here it just keeps going and going like a bad hip hop beat from Tyga or some other bad rapper( I like some rap by the way), Fripp tries to be inventive and interesting with a little guitar piece but it's nowhere near a Hackett or Howe, not interesting enough

d) Big Top- This part goes back to the beginning like Cirkus but it feels like filler for me, the song as an epic just fails on all levels, this song as a whole has that annoying Jazz fusion style that Crimson was known for early on(I love Miles Davis by the way), it fails as an epic 6/10

Overall this album gets a 34/50 which is 3 star, it deserves a 3 star Fripp himself dismisses this crap. Peace out!!!

ProgMetaller2112 | 3/5 |


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