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King Crimson


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4.12 | 1918 ratings

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2 stars It's only talk

After having broken up after the successful Red album in 1974, many would have thought that we had seen the last of King Crimson. But seven years later they returned with a radically different approach with Adrian Belew (Talkning Heads) on lead vocals and additional guitar. The core of the band was leader Robert Fripp, drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Tony Levin. The comeback would produce three studio albums in the present one from 1981, 1982's Beat and 1984's Three Of A Perfect Pair (before the band would once again disappear from the music scene for another eleven years). Out of these three 80's albums, Discipline seems to be the most popular and some even think that it rivals the John Wetton and Greg Lake eras of the band. For this reviewer, however, this period of King Crimson was not too successful and Discipline is an uneven effort.

While containing some good tracks, awful tracks like Elephant Talk, Indiscipline and Thela Hun Ginjeet are wholly unlistenable for me. Belew's "talking" vocal style on these songs is terribly irritating and annoying for me and his lyrics are plain silly and nonsensical. The good songs include Frame By Frame and Matte Kudasai, two tracks that prove that Belew can actually sing quite well when he puts his mind to it. Still, it is the eight minute plus instrumental The Sheltering Sky that is the album's highlight for me. But even the best tracks on this album fall very far behind classics like 21st Century Schizoid Man, In The Court Of The Crimson King and Starless.

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