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Peter Sinfield


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4 stars (Note: Stillusion is the same as Still (1973), only with changes in track order and a couple of unreleased but good songs.) As McDonald & Giles (1970), the only album by the ex-lyricist of King Crimson gives the listener glimpses of what that band could have sounded like without Robert Fripp. And indeed in Sinfield's case you can use the word curiosity: where else have you even heard him singing? For those who appreciate KC's darker and edgier side over the soft and romantic side (such as 'I Talk to the Wind' from the debut), probably consider this album spineless and dull. And if it's vice versa, you'll find a very charming pastoral work.

Sinfield's technically uncertain voice (approximately on the same level as Anthony Phillips but far better than Steve Howe as a singer) is warm and tender and it suits nicely to the calmer songs (ie. the majority of the album), but on the rockier ones its restrictions come disturbingly audible. The majestic track 'Still' features the strong vocals of Greg Lake which brings some spine and helps it to become one of the highlights. Album may have a couple of weak songs with a slight country rock flavour, but mostly it's very elegant, sort of feminine in nature, with beautiful, artistic arrangements comparable to that 'I Talk to the Wind' -style King Crimson. The guest list is impressive featuring many KC members (past or present), probably Mel Collins, John Wetton and Greg Lake (the co-producer with Sinfield) more important that over a dozen of others listed. Very recommended for friends of peaceful singer-songwriter stuff with art music elements. By the way, there's a song melodically based on the same Vivaldi concerto section that Steve Howe plays on his second solo album (1979); Sinfield's emotional adaptation works very well.

Matti | 4/5 |


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