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King Crimson


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4.12 | 2138 ratings

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4 stars Third KC album is different from it's predescesors. Much more complex, with strong jazz and avantgard elements, it stays aside of KC early works. As for me, it's really better, then soft ,almost romantic and mellow "Poseidon..". More energy, more drive, more experimental sounds. But far from masterpiece, sorry. Too many places sound as strong raw material, but not finished music.

I like about 50% of this album, but the other part is just ... accessible. I think, it is just my personal point of view, but under heavy experimentation I not always can feel the music there.

I like it's ROCK component, and some of jazz components too, but can see the melted sound of those two far away not everywhere.

Speaking about KC Mk I ( it is, before "Discipline"), I prefer "In The Court of CK" first and "Red" after. And I think "Lark's Tongues In Aspic" is third.

The problem is not in free jazz added ( I like Keith Tippett in his jazz-avantgard solo works very much!), but because I can't feel strong collaboration between prog and jazz section too often. For me it sounds more as experiment with some successful results, but not as finished serious work.

But, for sure, the album is enough interesting, as almost any KC album!

snobb | 4/5 |


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