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Robert Fripp


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3.43 | 48 ratings

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3 stars Recorded in 1991, Sunday All Over the World is Robert Fripp's project that he created with his wife Toyah Wilcox, who supplies the vocals for this recording. This album was recorded about the same time as the King Crimson Discipline era, and sounds very similar, so that is a great thing. Something else that the album has going for it is that Toyah sounds a lot like Kate Bush. How could you go wrong with that?

Also joining in on this album is Trey Gunn on the Chapman Stick, who also supplies the lower register vocals. Paul Beavis plays the drums. What you end up with is a very interesting sound, very much what you would expect King Crimson to sound like with a female vocalist and a lot less instrumental solos. The music is just as high quality as KC. Fripp's guitar is unmistakable, playing his unique styles and adding in Frippertronics when needed along with the fast fingered discipline style playing.

There is a good amount of variety here too. There is the upbeat and catchy sound of the title track, the slower and hesitant "Kneeling at the Shrine" which also uses some cool Kate Bush-style vocal tricks. "Don't Take It Away" has a straightforward sound with a solid beat that would have fit on any early Bush album. "Transient Joy" has a nice bright sound and Fripp uses the guitar to create an synthesizer sound and Gunn supplies the background vocals. "Strange Girl" allows Toyah to demonstrate her amazing range and at times almost operatic voice and some innovative Fripp work. "If I Were a Man" could be a possible single that would sound right at home even now in 2019.

This album is definitely something that is worth searching for if you are a King Crimson or Robert Fripp fan. Half of it is quite accessible, and the other half is a bit more experimental, but any Kate Bush or Robert Fripp fan would appreciate all of it. I don't consider it as good as most of the King Crimson or Kate Bush albums, but it is still something that makes for a good spin from time to time.

TCat | 3/5 |


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