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Robert Fripp

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3 stars Queen Crimson?

Sub-genre: Eclectic Prog (80's Crimson style)
For Fans of: 80's Crimson, Kate Bush
Vocal Style: Female, Kate Bush-like cutesiness and airiness
Guitar Style: Classic Fripp tones and effects interspersed with Trey Gunn's Stick taps
Keyboard Style: None
Percussion Style: Tasteful modern rock kit, void of heavy handedness
Bass Style: Trey Gunn's Stick supplies the chorused up low tones
Other Instruments: None

Summary: This is the project of Fripp and wife Toyah Wilcox; it is not a completely uninteresting project. It is additionally the first collaboration between Trey Gunn and Robert Fripp. It is probably a little more interesting historically than musically. Certain questions arise, like why this album cannot be found in the discography pages of either the Gunn or Fripp websites? From a musical standpoint, the sound is very similar to the three 1980's King Crimson albums. RF's Frippertronics development can be heard throughout the album. Trey Gunn's Chapman Stick (yes, he played that before finding the Warr Guitar) adds breadth to the bass sounds. Toyah Wilcox, who had already had a very fruitful music career, chimes in with very Kate Bush- esque vocals. The similarity is not only in the vocal sound, but the lyrical themes as well. The songs are primarily short and lacking the experimentation expected from Fripp. The themes remind one of the 80's in general with such songs as Don't Take It Away and Storm Angel. Occasional unorthodox beats are encountered, but straight forward is the rule of thumb here. Humorous is the song If I Were A Man. One can't help but answer, "If you were a man? You'd be Adrian Belew".

Final Score: For a project that sounds much like 1980's King Crimson, its not as good as Discipline or 3 of a Perfect Pair, but better than Beat. Toyah Wilcox sounds too much like Kate Bush to not question Fripp's motivation. Then again, he's The Fripp, he can do whatever he wants. It is definitely cool, however, to hear his first collaboration with Trey Gunn.
3 Stars, good but not essential.

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Posted Friday, November 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This album, Robert Fripp's second attempt at recording with his wife, Toyah Willcox, is a much more successful venture than "The Lady Or The Tiger?". It sounds very much like "Discipline"-era King Crimson, with Willcox singing beautifully in a style that falls somewhere between Kate Bush and Nina Hagen.

The band consists of Fripp, along with KC stick player Trey Gunn and drummer Paul Beavis. The music has Fripp mostly playing the same sorts of guitar patterns that he used in the 80's Crimson, with Gunn weaving the stick around them. The result again is similar to KC, but without Adrian Belew, it actually seems to have more elegance. And that works, because the best part of this album is Willcox' sexy, breathy vocals.

The best tracks? They're all very good, but I'd have to pick Strange Girls and Storm Angel as my favorites.

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