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King Crimson


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Man With Hat
4 stars The end of an era. This is the last KC release in the 80s. IMO, it is the second best. There are some really quality songs here. There are also a few bad songs, but they come early and not that noticable. Three of A Perfect Pair is an awesome song. Great guitar/stick work in this one. Belew is also right on the money with the vocals. Next is Model Man. I think this is probably the worst song in the Crimson lline-up, EVER. It is very poppy, and mainstream. It is very simple, and almost loses the KC vibe (which is slighly present although bearing breathing). Next is Sleepless. A great bass line perculates thoughout this whole song. Levin does great work. The song is not bad, but not the best. Next comes Man With An Open Heart. This song sounds like it is by Talking Heads, with the eerie and subtle guitar work and wailing vocal. Belew is again great with vocals, and he sounds just like David Byrne. It is still a good song though. From this point on the album is really really solid. a good instramental. It really sets the stage for the second half of the album. Strange arrangments, odd sounds, and an overall eerie feel, is that atmosphere for the second half. Industry is the first from side two. It is an excellent piece of work. One of thier best. Great drumming by Bruford, great bass/stick work by Levin, and fantastic, although pecular, guitar work by Fripp and Belew. Again, a great song. Next comes the equally great, if not greater, song: Dig Me. Reminiscent of Indiscipline, and Neuortica, it is a very jumpy paranoid like song. Belew gives a great performance here. Drumming is agian top-notch. The lyrics are superb as well. The chours is beautiful. There is really no weak point to the song, except that it should be longer. Next comes No Warning. A strange song, that i feel is the weakest song on the back. It is still good, it's just all over the place. LTIA Part III finishes the album off. A nice version, not my favorite, but still very very very good. Great guitar/drum work here. And Levin is also good on this one, but not as good as the others.

All in all, this is a great album with soild playing, lyrics, vocal (how it is sung), progressiveness, and writing. This, unfortunately, is the end of KC 'till the early 90's. Get this is you are a fan of the band or just a fan of great music. Recommended!

Man With Hat | 4/5 |


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