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King Crimson


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3.09 | 1421 ratings

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4 stars With ingredients not very different from Discipline's, Beat has a flashier sound especially due to the use of (sometimes boosted up) chorus effects.

Dorian short synth guitar solo of energetic Neal and Jake and Me is amazing cathartic... Heartbeat is a well crafted mellow pop song that tempers the crazy moments to come. Sartori in Tangiers sounds very new wave virtual tech world related, and doesn't call to my mind anything from north Africa. Waiting Man has those amazing superimposed layers creating rythmical offests, along with some surprize,s creating a unique groove, very exciting for dance(sport). Neurotica mixes fast pace new jazz with a kind of reggae beat and takes us in the heart of the "oppressive flashy modern city (with some room for calm times)" that the whole album evokes. Two hands balances greatly the crazy tracks that precede and succeed... The Howler has even more tension than Neurotica and is one of Crimson's craziest yet coherent songs.

It has a lot to offer, is overall still one of his kind with a strong ID and therefore the reasons given for punishing it with 1 or 2 star read as completely indefensible. I cannot give five but I'd give more than four.

jayem | 4/5 |


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