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3.93 | 27 ratings | 4 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Acceptance - Affirming
2. Affirmation: IMAC
3. On My Mother's Birthday
4. Affirmation: New York
5. Midnight Blue
6. Easter Sunday
7. Love Cannot Bear
9. Requiem - Affirming

Line-up / Musicians

Robert Fripp acoustic & electric guitar, soundscapes

Releases information

David Singleton at DGM SoundWorlds
Alex Mundy at DGM SoundWorlds
John Trevethan at Art Of The Groove
Mastered by Simon Heyworth & Robert Fripp at Super Audio Mastering,
Monks Withecombe, Devon

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ROBERT FRIPP Love Cannot Bear ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
Good, but non-essential (7%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

ROBERT FRIPP Love Cannot Bear reviews

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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This album is one more soundscapes work from Robert Fripp. Everyone, who loves his music, know, that there are some different lines of music, played and recorded by Robert Fripp. Everyone knows his work in King Crimson and many collaborations with different rock musicians, but beside that there are two more directions: Fripp's frippertronics and Fripp's soundscapes.

Generally soundscapes are kind of rock ambient music played by Fripp using his guitar ( ok, plus some additional devices). It's absolutely mystical, how one can produce so many sounds and play so unusual music using guitar, not keyboards/synthesizers!

For sure, as any ambient this music is rhythmless and usually has not structure. It's more as painting in air using sounds instead of colors. More emotional pictures, that melodic or rhythmic.

Fripp plays that music for years and time to time returns to it again. "Love cannot Bear" is formally live album, but you almost can't feel it. I think, it should be described as live improvisation in ambient. Sounds are very warm, even romantic in places, all the music is around you, and you can feel kind of euforia.

For sure this music is not for everyone.And not for everyday listening. But this album demonstrates highest Soundscapes level. I believe that even unpreparde person will be attracted by all this beautiful ( but not sweet at all!) sounds!

One of the best abient album I ever heard!

Latest members reviews

4 stars If you ve never tried a soundscape album, you should do it right now. And do it with this one. Its simply unbelievable how one single person can generate - and this is the right term here - such a complex and emotionally rich music. When we first listened to it with my wife (who by the way hat ... (read more)

Report this review (#88043) | Posted by Tandary | Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It's a great album, the only thing I did not like is the singing on love cannot bear (the song). Any ways Fripp always delivers fans with new thrilling sounds. Interesting enough is his Easter Sunday, my predilected song from the album. Fripp still manages to bring music, spite being tone de ... (read more)

Report this review (#73613) | Posted by | Thursday, March 30, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars After eight years we can listen brand new soundscapes album of mr. Fripp again - as variation to the last line-up of King Crimson. In addition to soundscapes we can hear guitar (and vocoder in title track) here. Affirmation: New York is my superior favourite on this effort - one of the greates ... (read more)

Report this review (#73304) | Posted by Rainer Rein | Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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