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King Crimson


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3.14 | 772 ratings

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2 stars I quite liked their last studio release "THRACK". Like in that, KC will "revisit" some old acquaintances...

The opener "ProzaKc Blues" is a very heavy song. With a kind of growling voice (I never could stand this except maybe with some Opeth stuff). Not a great start, really. The album swithes nicely to a very melodic (though dark) song. The title track is one of my preferred one on this album. "Into The Frying Pan" belongs to their noisy repertoire. Drumming is a bit disturbing and globally (if you except the nice, scary and mellodic fifty seconds) it is just cacophony.

"FraKtured" is lighter than its old inspirator. While the original had a catchy and hypnotic riff, this one features more soft guitar play from time to time. During others, we'll get a structureless track during which Mastelotto does not know quite well what to do with his drum kit.

The wierd titled "The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum" reminds me of the "style" of the previous line-up during his trilogy : "Discipline", "Beat" and "Three Of A Perfect Pair" : noisy and dull all the way through.

My preferred number might well be the "Lark's Tongues" one. The original Part II was one of my fave on the original album and I quite liked III on THRACK. This one is pretty much in line and should please the ones who have praised the early days of this band. The only restriction of course, is that the idea is borrowed, but it does not worry me that much. It is a good track.

Like "Coda" : an almost symphonic song with nice mellotron in the back. Belew, this time, sounds pretty much like Matthew Bellamy from Muse. I prefer this "imitation" that his singing on "Discipline". Another pleasant number. "Heaven & Earth" closes this album very nicely. Truely symphonic in the intro, it gets a bit crazier (but this is KC, right). Great and imposing guitar works. Very hypnotic as in the good old time. It ends almost as it starts : very aerial, spacey and nice (a bit like "Subterraneans" from whom you might know).

This album is a bit less interesting than "THRACK". Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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