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King Crimson


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3.14 | 767 ratings

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Whatever happened to them! After the brilliant THRAK album, i was expecting something good from this album. This is the most uninspired album of them all. I am not fond of BEAT but i a cannot say it was bad music, just not for my taste. On THE CONSTRUKTION OF LIGHT you definitively have bad tracks and some of them are utterly S...! You have also a lot of pointless noodling between the two guitars that go nowhere like in the title track.

The worst starts with the first song ''PROZAC BLUES'' , a horrible piece of music sung by a terrible Belew sounding like a 70 years old drunk! and they opened the album with this track! Unbelievable!

The first good music i can hear is track 4 INTO THE FRYING PAN (what a title!) with a nice guitar crescendo but Belew once again blew it up with horrendous vocals. Where is Wetton when we need him? I don't know if its for lack of inspiration, but they are redoing a new version of FRACTURE named FRAKTURED. Don't expect anything close to the greatness of the original one.More noodling but with some nice parts during the quiet moments.

But we haven't reach the bottom yet! I think THE WORLD'S MY OYSTER SOUP KITCHEN FLOOR WAX MUSEUM ( at least they had some fun finding titles for these ''great''tunes) Belew once again sink the KC ship well deep.I think this tune can easily qualify for the worst KING CRIMSON song ever followed by PROZAC BLUES.

Then we have LARKS TONGUE IN ASPIC part783 .I guess once again , inspiration was missing to have to redo a version of part2, of course less interesting than part2. It's chaotic, noisy and you can't wait it ends to get a reprieve. The album ends with a not too bad Belew ''message'' song where him too wakes up in the morning after having a dream!!!! nothing memorable.

KING CRIMSON is back to a quartet with Trey Gunn on bass and Pat Mastelotto on drums. Levin and Bruford left the band, but i don't blame them after listening to this mess.And Belew sadly is still there.

With King Crimson being my favorite band, i would never have imagined that i will give them only one star to one of their releases. So here we are :1 star

febus | 1/5 |


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