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King Crimson


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3.83 | 2121 ratings

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4 stars Not sure what Fripp's thought process was during the ITWOP era, but it had to be along the lines of: hmm, the band's falling apart, might as well remake the first album!

I exaggerate perhaps a bit, but this is essentially a remake of ITCOTKC, albeit with somewhat lesser quality songs, though only lesser in comparison to one of the great albums of all time. Pictures of a City just begs to be likened to 21st Century Schizoid Man. Cadence and Cascade is I Talk to the Wind in a different set of clothes. The title track mirrors ITCOTKC's title track in mood. Given that the band was in a state of flux, this was not a bad approach and resulted in another very good KC album. Of course the odd song out here is the incomparable Cat Food, which gives a hint of what would come with Lizard, and the nursery song simplicity of the recurring Peace theme is sublime.

Bottom line: if you enjoyed the first album, you'll like this one. There's not necessarily any forward movement from KC on this one -- they're treading water -- but it's a not disappointing follow-up to the first. And considering that the band at this point basically consisted of one musician and one lyricist, it's a remarkable outing.

jammun | 4/5 |


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