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King Crimson


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4 stars Last to time KC album isn't a masterpiece. But it is very competent album of one of the greatest progressive band ever.

Previous album ("ConstruKtion Of Light") was very heavy, muddy and radical. Some hated it, I liked. At least it was new sound, chaotic,cold and dirty, in the gate of XXI century.

"The Power To Believe" is recorded by the same line-up, but missed that radical experimentation feel. But it doesn't means that the album is boring or not interesting. At least, Fripp and Co. tried to make next step: they returned back in KC golden age of 70-th, and used dreamy psychodelic progressive of their roots as basis for their new work. For sure, they were smart enough to give their music modern sound: no dated symphonic arrangements ( happily!),no even traces of free-jazz there ( pity!). Total sound are heavier, cold, but missed chaos of previous album. And , sorry, everything sound too calculated!

Three first songs are great, different, and you are waiting for the adventures. But later the album returns to muddy water of modernised sound and structire of KC from 70-th, so you have mature album with quality sound, but no more revolutions!

I believe, that the album will refresh interest to KC from old fans ( still from 70-th, who often were disappointed by KC works from 80-90-00),and will confirm their very serious status as iconic prog band of last 4 decades. But this album isn't a step ahead, more as quality report about the job has done.

snobb | 4/5 |


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