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King Crimson - Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity of Miracles CD (album) cover


King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.57 | 578 ratings

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4 stars A scarcity of heaviness.

You'd think that with three out of five guys being from previous King Crimson line ups and Fripp being front and center that you'd be getting a Crimson album instead of a ProjeKct, but considering that most of the music is on the mellow side, this album doesn't quite make it to full Kingship. Perhaps a little too smooth jazzyesqe.

It's good to hear Mel Collins working with Robert again and of course the ubiquitous Tony Levin on bass. Gavin Harrison I know from Porcupine Tree, so the only real unknown element for me is Jakko M Jakszyk who gets first billing. Jakko provides a smoother vocal style and lighter guitar counterpoint to Fripp than now long time allie, Adrian Belew. So, the three headliners are the dominant elements in this quintet with Collins and Jakszyk mellowing things out and Fripp taking a more atmospheric role typically, making for an alternate vision of King Crimson of sorts. Reminds me a bit of Robert's work with David Sylvian in that regard although that was a heavier affair.

I would not recommend this album to those who only appreciate the darker and heavier side to King Crimson.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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