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King Crimson


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4.12 | 2114 ratings

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4 stars As great as the cover!

Lizard is the craziest record of my Crimso collection. I was just finishing Wake of Poseidon when I popped Lizard in my walkman and frankly, I got scared. Scared of making the wrong purchase and wasting a good amount of money, those 30th anniversary cds are not the cheapest.

Ooof! After many (headphones) listens, it really kicked in. Wow, this album has a lots of kick! Strong saxes riffs a la Gentle Giant, great Beatlesque acoustic guitars, truck loads of dreamy mellotron, burlesque but poetic lyrics and many good VCS3 effects. Not forgetting the ever important drum techs which got even more jazzier again. Many saxes solos on top of that, Lizard is indeed a weird pet, but in the end, there's enough meat around the bone to feed you for a long time.

Taking time getting around Lizard is rewarding, unlike other classic albums. The general sound does ressembles to Court or Poseidon, but the textures are way less 'classic Crimso' and much more adventurous, like Cat Food was for instance. You get a lot of that here.

One line about the cover, every image is describing a moment in the album. How cool is that! To me this kind of artwork is definetely enhancing the pleasure of listening to the album, many times I'm just listening while gazing at the booklet.

A one-shot concept, never reapproached by the band, perhaps because the line-up was also as fragile as cristal.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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