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King Crimson


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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars So it's the eighties and KING CRIMSON decide to abandon the keyboards? I love these guys ! Adrian Belew brings a lot to the table including humour,but more importantly he adds another guitar to KING CRIMSON's sound. It's hard to believe that 26 years later he is still with KING CRIMSON. Belew had previously played with Zappa, Bowie and THE TALKING HEADS. Levin is added as well having played on Peter Gabriel's first three solo albums.

"Elephant Talk" is a beat driven tune with Belew's vocals leading the way. I love Fripp's guitar work 3 and a half minutes in. Belew does a great impression of an elephant trumpeting with his guitar. "Frame By Frame" opens with some uptempo and intricate instrumental work.The vocals are good but it's the complex and intricate guitar and drumming that impresses me the most. "Matte Kadasai" is a mellow slow paced song that i'm not a big fan of. "Indiscipline" on the other hand is amazing ! It's about some unknown object that Belew ends up liking. Check out Bruford on this one ! I love the heavy sound with both Fripp and Belew playing some great guitar parts. Belew really talks instead of sings and after he does each time the instrumental section comes back like a bomb going off ! A wall of sonic sound.This is fantastic !

"Thela Hun Ginjeet" like "Elephant Talk" has a really good beat. This is apparently a true story of Belew's encounter with thugs on New York City streets. It is pretty funny. "I repeat myself when under stress..." Haha. And when Adrian laughs he sounds just like Nicklas Cage. Great tune. "The Sheltering Sky" has Fripp playing the synth guitar. This song has a different vibe to it. Various sounds coming and going on this incredible instrumental. Again the percussion and guitar work is beyond reproach. "Discipline" is another instrumental that sounds so good ! Belew and Fripp combine their guitar playing so precisely,as Bruford and Levin only make the soundscape more complete.

For me this is easily 4 stars and a song like "Indiscipline" seems to pave the way for future KING CRIMSON sounds. Great record !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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