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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

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2 stars A study in despair

A view from someone that does not know a lot about King Crimson is probably an exemption in this site. Pure coincidence has led this ambiguous album to my possession and I have always had unclear views about its quality and objectives. The obscurity of KC's music has not yet 'clicked' for me but I have given this record a fair amount of spins (required) to form a relatively rounded opinion.

What is interesting for someone to observe is the 'division' of TOAPP in two parts: side 1 deals with more vocals and relatively structured (for KC standards...) forms, while side 2 is a completely bizarre expression of musicianship in the form of obscure synths and amorphous compositions. The main points of interest lie in the opening title track and the experimental closing track. The former is definitely the more attractive and melodic composition and its vocal lines and guitar patterns are undoubtedly memorable, even if the track bears an aura of simplicity. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part III is the most complex moment in the album that shows challenging riffs and large amounts of improvisation.

The influence of pop music is apparent throughout side 1 of the album, while a few interesting melodies can be retrieved particularly in Model Man and Man With An Open Heart although the majority of the compositions can be described as monotonous. Nuages and Industry reveal Tony Levin's aspirations in synths and bass guitar respectively; dark atmospheres and repetitious tunes comprise these rather dark and 'cold' tracks. Vocals in side 2 return only in Dig Me in a bizarre fashion of industrial sounds and minor touches of melody in the refrain.

Probably not the best reference in KC's music, this effort could be a genre of its own: obscure eclectic pop-prog. Although not really a bad album, I would not really strongly recommend it apart from the magnificent opening track. While it could potentially be heard pleasantly, the combination of several uninteresting moments and unnecessary minutes of instrumental music makes me rate it with no more than 2.5 stars.

aapatsos | 2/5 |


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