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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

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The Runaway
5 stars King Crimson really kicked off with a bang with this album. featuring tight playing from a band you've never even heard of before, "In the Court of the Crimson King" never ceases to amaze you and always will keep you off your feet (even though it's not a movie).

Crimson followed what was mainstream back then, maybe not mainstream-mainstream, but prog-mainstream. Uses of mellotrons and flutes didn't make Crimson such a special band, but the song-writing and the performance of each band member is just insanely amazing and proves this album has aged well, and WILL age well. Every song from "In the Court of the Crimson King" is just tight, using parts for songs actually allowed Crimson to play both soft and loud at the same song, and while sounding very, very weird, Crimson actually pulled it off quite well. Every song on this album except for "I Talk to the Wind" has at least 2 parts in it, making it possible to maintain what every prog band would like to be able to do; be versatile. From Mirrors in "21st Century Schizoid Man" up to Dance of the Puppets in "In the Court of the Crimson King", Crimson pulled off what a lot of bands couldn't back then and made the progressive rock genre what it really is, making bands like Yes and Genesis make the music they make.

And I know Yes and Genesis might not admit it, but I really think "In the Court of the Crimson King" influenced them, no matter if they were formed before, or even at the same exact second. So I recommend this album to every prog fan out there, old or new, prog metal or prog rock, just to find out what the origins of the music you listen to today are.

5/5 for just being King Crimson, and making music.

The Runaway | 5/5 |


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