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King Crimson


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For me, this is the best of King Crimson's albums after Red, but it still doesn't strike me as "excellent". I would call this album a good one. I listen to several of the songs on it regularly. However, with that being said, King Crimson did not become famous for being progressive innovators through Talking Heads-esque material with occasional progressive flourishes. They became famous for doing what everyone else wouldn't dare do, and truly pushed the boundaries of music, not only rock music, but music in general. I will not go into depth for each song on this album, but it strikes me as an album that doesn't represent what King Crimson is about. I mean, even Thrak represents the ideals that King Crimson is expected to uphold better than Discipline (although I like this album countless times more than Thrak). "Elephant Talk" may be my favorite song, tied with "Indiscipline", which features great drumming by none other than Bill Bruford. Adrian Belew's vocals are a plus to this lineup of Fripp's. I really like his vocal style, and, as I eluded to above, he helps give the band a vibe that sounds like something off of a Talking Heads LP. But it's songs like "Discipline", "The Sheltering Sky", and "Matte Kudasai" that make the album a definite weak one in the realm of King Crimson. I should also mention that I really enjoy "Thela Hun Ginjeet". The album gets a 3/5 purely because I don't believe "excellent" to be a good word to describe it, and I don't believe it is a necessary album to have. King Crimson fans, like myself, should definitely give it a try if they haven;t heard it. Of course, if you're a King Crimson fan, you've probably already heard it and made an opinion.

bb1319 | 3/5 |


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