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King Crimson


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4 stars This is the second album of King Crimson, fortunately with the same line up that in the first album.

After that masterpiece called ITCOTKC, the less that King Crimson could do was another masterpiece, sadly this is not the case, I have to say that I love this album and for me its really good, but I do not consider it as the same line as ITCOTKC, because it is less complex I think, and it could be sometimes a bit boring .

The great voice of Greg Lake is still here, that was a good point, and the jazzy influenced sound stayed here too, it has some powerful songs ,and some soft songs, a three piece song called Peace, but lets start . "Peace: A Beginning", a nice introduction, with only vocals, it is maybe a poem introduction I don't know, but its quite nice. But next. The best track of the album, a very creative song, "Pictures of a City" is one of my favourite songs of King Crimson, it is really amazing, again with a great mix of rock with jazz, here I love the work of Mel Collins with his sax, it makes that song very powerful and special, also it has the great voice of Lake, a superbly sound of guitar, and a great structure and arrangements , this song is really enjoyable step by step, I love it, another great point is that great lyrics, done by Peter Sinfield, a representative writer in progressive rock. "Cadence and Cascade", is it the real first song of Gordon Haskell as a vocalist of King Crimson?, well I don't know but this song is beautiful, an acoustic guitar sound, and this is entirely a light song, maybe like "I Talk to the Wind", with a nice flute and a delicious drums sound. "In the Wake of Poseidon", this track is great, in fact, this is one of that tracks which when you listen to the first note, you cannot leave it, I really get excited when I listen to that shocking sound of mellotron, I don't know, maybe im exaggerated , but I really love this beginning, my skin turns white, oh no , that mellotron again is killing me, great beginning, but well, the song is great with good guitar and some nice bass lines and great atmosphere in all the song. "Peace : A Theme" again like the first song, it could be a poem, but this time with a bit of music , interesting sound. "Cat Food", I have to be honest, when I listened to it for the first time, I swore that they were The Beatles, because the style of the vocal lines reminds me to Paul McCartney, but well, I made a mistake, this song is good, strange in some ways, maybe my less favourite. The seventh song and the most special song is "The Devil's Triangle", this is a clear example of what progressive rock is, the song is also progressing, it starts with a very silent sound, but little by little the sound is increasing, it has some great changes along the song, is really experimental, it has so different sounds, in fact in one moment of insanity it reminds me 2001 a space oddity , but well, then again it stars to increase and making a pure progressive sound, almost at the end of the song it has a peculiar sound of a musical box, and then, a scream of Lake in the song "In the Court of the Crimson King". Great song. Finishing the album is "Peace: an End".

So after all, I'm very please with this album, I think it is great, sadly after it Lake left the band, and inner problems and changes started since this album. Excellent addition to any prog fan, 4 stars!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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