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3.35 | 35 ratings | 3 reviews | 23% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Songs / Tracks Listing

A: Heartbeat (3:53)
B: Requiem (Excerpt) (2:32)

Total Time 6:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Adrian Belew / guitar, vocals
- Bill Bruford / drums
- Robert Fripp / guitar, organ, Frippertronics
- Tony Levin / Stick, bass, backing vocals

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KING CRIMSON Heartbeat ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (23%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

KING CRIMSON Heartbeat reviews

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Review by Guillermo
3 stars I did not like the "Beat" album from King Crimson. In fact, I never was interested in listening again to this band after I bought that album. Some years later I watched on TV the video clip of a song (I even can`t remember the name of the song!) from their next album ("Three of a Perfect Pair") and I was finally convinced that this band with Adrian Belew did not sound as good as the very good old King Crimson from 1969-74. Adrian Belew`s King Crimson was a very different band, sounding more experimental and noisy, but not interesting for my taste.

Of all the songs from "Beat" I only liked two of them. One was "Heartbeat", a love song. More close to Pop Rock than to Prog Rock, with good lead vocals by Belew, and with "Two Hands" (the other song that I liked from that album) both are the most accessible songs from that album. Even if both songs were good, both songs did not sound for me as King Crimson`s songs, at least related to the old King Crimson. sound.

The "B" side, "Requiem", is maybe the song which I liked the less from that album. Noisy and "experimental" but not good for my taste.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Dissenting views are a good thing, so here it is. I did like the BEAT album. Yes, it's almost Crossover Prog, heretical I know, but I don't think that's the worst thing. When I was young in the 70's, practically all the worthwhile rock music was prog influenced. I've never been able to si ... (read more)

Report this review (#2216128) | Posted by thwok | Monday, May 27, 2019 | Review Permanlink

3 stars King Crimson's new wave song. Although the "color trilogy" by King Crimson is new wave, that is, Discipline, Beat, and Three of a Perfect Pair, Heartbeat has to be the most new wave song out of all those albums. I like new wave music, Talking Heads, Devo, Blondie, Pretenders, they're all my jam, but ... (read more)

Report this review (#2151376) | Posted by progtime1234567 | Saturday, March 2, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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