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TRAVIS & FRIPP - FOLLOW

Robert Fripp

Eclectic Prog


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4 stars To set it clear, from the start, Robert Fripp's music is closer in this stage, to "contemporary classical music" than to average prog language (the Symphonic -Prog tagging, goes some other way) . So if you have the knack for this kind of language "classical", BUT also, for the "Kings" early days with the Court, you will surely appreciate this effort. Of course, Mr, Fripp hasn't turned into some "pompous snot" who pretends to be what he is not, in fact he has grown the opposite way, where "payola", and unruly deals are seen as a matter of discomfort and even as a compromise to ones own dignity. Therefore, Robert Fripp, still is the musical "iconclast" , he was, since the "Crimson" was born. His language has self-evolved, as his goals, but for good, into sophistication. From his "normal" guitar playing, to "Frippertronics", to "Soundscapes" all are played here in this project For those familiar with "The Tangent", Theo Travis (thank the Gods!) is now better known. All those mysterious wind passages that happen there, here they become compositions. This collaboration is in turn closer at times,(in return or as a paradox), to the "The KING C" itself, early acoustic/electric experiments , with the experience and elegance time has brought, by relentesly pursuing, his own self and natural musical language. "FOLLOW" in specific, shows a better balanced "clash" of opposites, both in composition, as in performance. Some earlier Travis/Fripp collaborations had less balance, so they sounded like fighting more than playing. Here the diversity of each musician's tools of expression, are as diverse as their own talents, AND never abusing each others space, makes it, for us listeners, quiet an overwhelming catalog of sounds and virtuosity brought up in a single stage. And those last touches of early "Crimson" like-musical frenzy, makes this record quiet collectible. 4****PA Stars .

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