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RED

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.55 | 3247 ratings

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stefanblazanovic
5 stars Red is one of those albums where you wonder if this or ITCOTCK is the best album by king crimson. And in my opinion Red is the winner here by a close one. It opens up to a strong instrumental which is the opening track, it provides a powerful instrumental (and a damn good instrumental too) and the listener which will keep them listening to the end of the song. Fallen angel Is a different story whereas it's a ballad where wetton's voice is at his best. One more red nightmare is a catchy track which has a nice jazz fusion throughout the song and it's one of my favourite song in the album. The only problem is that it ends abruptly which confused me at first and the ending could have been changed, so it's an A rating instead of an A+. Providence is an improved piece and at first I was scared to listen to this track (with the hopes of providence being the same as moonchild in their debut and I don't want to explain again how terrible moonchild was) but providence was different, it caught my attention and I was entertained. But the violin portion tends to bore me which leaves me to give this album a C+.

And starless.... What a song, it's hands down the best song in the album. In fact it's one of my favourite songs of all time. Starless is an example of the definition of progressive rock. It starts off with a short ballad with wetton's vocals being great as always, then it turns into a 2 note guitar portion which focuses on wetton's bass throughout the 5 minutes. And the last 3 minutes..... It's the best part about this song. The epic climax which makes you change your pants every time you hear it. And the last minute is one of the most beautiful endings I've heard in a song.

Red (A+)

Fallen angel (-A)

One more red nightmare (A)

Providence (+C)

Starless (A+)

Overall verdict : (A+) or 4.7 stars

Overall verdict of this album is definitely the best album king crimson have produced, it's the album that got me hooked me into king crimson music and this album will remain one of my best album if all time. Give it a listen, if you like jazz and progressive rock you will like this album. But if you don't like jazz/heavy rock then I would suggest skipping red, one more red nightmare and providence. And go listen to starless or fallen angel.

4.7 stars rounded up to 5 stars

stefanblazanovic | 5/5 |

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