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King Crimson


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3.28 | 1191 ratings

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I read at the time when this album came out that there were two different sides of music on this album: the poppy side in the BEAT spirit and some kind of experimental side. So i was curious what it means and bought again a CRIMSON album when it was released.

Same kind of cover design than the last 2 ones, just a change of color and once again, we are getting the same musicians for a third time in a row! what a CRIMSON record!

Side one (the left side as mentioned on the cover) starts with 4 pop songs,i have to admit some of them are not bad at all, but the musicianship is kind of generic (B. Bruford is not trying anything out of this world and is just giving the beat) And all of a sudden, unexpectedly, we are treated to a beautiful piece of music (no vocals;yeah!)named ''Nuages'' (clouds in French) reminding me of the spacy athmosphere of TERJE RYPDAL, a great Norwegian guitarist.

Then it starts to build up nicely with another instrumental INDUSTRY on the ''right side'' where some of old KC trademark sounds are coming back to light with some ''organised chaos''. Remind me a little bit of the DEVILS TRIANGLE suite on ITWOP. Not bad at all! We're far from HEARTBEAT. But Belew vocals are sadly back on the disposable DIG ME. Then we go back to experimental instrumental tracks to end the album.NO WARNING could be named INDUSTRY part 2 and it' s followed by, yes LARKS TONGUE IN ASPIC part 3 (more parts to come in the future) which bear not too much ressemblance with the first 2. The powerful hard-edged sound of the guitar is somewhat missing, but that's not bad.

In the 30th anniversary KC collection , the CD comes with bonus tracks with the funny THE KING CRIMSON BARBER SHOP and yes,some dance mix of SLEEPLESS.

A very strange album, but some old KCRIMSON spirit is back. 3 stars; that's a good album!

febus | 3/5 |


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