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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.83 | 2037 ratings

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4 stars Oh my, my review will probably get lost among the other reviewer's experiences. I will try though. In the beginning I have to say I discovered much of the prog music myself, however, being 25 now I realise it took me some time. Probably it's because not much of this music gets it's airtime on the radio and even in television there are not many programs about the glorious past of rock music. It saddens me that I was not born in 1960s ( and in Western Europe, not Eastern!) or even earlier. Music of late 60s and 70s make much bigger impression on me than the music of today. While I was aware of bands like Pink Floyd or Tangerine Dream, or even King Crimson and knew it was something big, it is only when you finally get down to buying some stuff - and listening in a dark room with headphones on - that you start to realise what it really is.

I'm listening to In the Wake of Poseidon now. Cat Food. I don't know how to start the proper part of the review. Maybe with the feeling that I got after I've listened to the whole album. I felt great - like after a nice journey or after experiencing something great. I have known some excerpts from this album already, but I started to really appreciate it in its whole - The tranquil reprised theme of Peace with chaotic interruptions like the aforementioned Cat Food or Pictures of a City. The beautiful ballad Cadence and Cascade, the marvellous title track with it's lovely mellotron orchestrations (one of my favourite instruments), which then becomes a leading instrument in The Devil's Triangle, which is the band's rendition of Hoslt's Mars - the Bringer of War. And then again the Peace theme winding up the album in the most appropriate way.

It's all there - peace and noise, which for me is the best thing in prog music. Others prefer either melodic and easy music, or havey metal's outbursts of anger and violence. We proggers prefer it both - As you wouldn't be able to say what peace is not knowing what chaos and noise is like.

That's the best in prog music - a sense of spanning a wide range of emotions in music, not being superficial at the same time. This is the music of dramatic changes and sounds that playt most likely deep within every human being.

I really loved In the Wake of Poseidon although I was aware some prefer the debut, which for me still is something yet to be discovered.

LaserDave | 4/5 |


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