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IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.83 | 1980 ratings

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Rosenfield
5 stars The essential thing with this record is that it has just one little fault: the incredible similarity, almost "clone-like", with the world-shaking debut In The Court Of The Crimson King. Yes, the chord progression in the title-track is basically the same as the one in Epitaph. Yes, Pictures Of A City is really close to Schizoid Man. And yes, Cadence And Cascade has a pretty similar feel to I Talk To The Wind.

Right.

To be honest, who cares?

The opener is not Schizoid Man, we all agree with this, but still it remains a heavy prog-rock damn jewel. Cadence And Cascade is just as beautiful as I Talk To The Wind, magical and nostalgic. And In The Wake Of Poseidon is far better than Epitaph, in my humble opinion. The emotions that the two songs evocate are both strong, intense and everlasting, but In The Wake has a chord variation (when Greg sings "Balance of change, wordl on the scales") that just struggle me everytime, and I sincerely prefer the melodies of this one. Obviously we're talking about two masterpieces, but In The Wake Of Poseidon is my personal favourite. For the rest, the intro, interlude and ending Peace has once again a beautiful melody and a simple and catchy chord progression, and I just love it. And The Devil's Triangle is a sort of angushing, hypnotic and dark 5/4 Bolero, marvellous, majestic and genial.

Probably the only fault of the record is Cat Food, which I personally find pretty ugly, except for the nice part when Lake goes "No use to complain, if you're caught out in the rain", but it doesnt't change the fact that "In The Wake Of Poseidon" is a stunning second output from King Crimson. Highly reccomended!

Rosenfield | 5/5 |

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