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King Crimson


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Erik Nymas
5 stars Miracles can happen?


Almost summer 2011: the air is warming, lenght of days increasing, King Crimson new album, vacation are ne... what? KC released new album, finally! It was almost ten years since last effort (2003), so Fripp at least comes out with another album from the lege.... Uhm isn't KC work? Really? Oh a Projekct? Which's already? Fifth? Oh right seventh! And who he hired this time, another of his crafty guitarists or just it's another rework of the band as before? Let's see it.

Main Theme

As said ironically in the introduction this isn't supposed to be a King Crimson album, yes the name KC means litterally Robert Fripp and for those who don't know the beginning of the story almost means Belew, but there isn't Mr Belew at the guitar, nor any trace of the eclectic sound of later Crimson's albums, many can argue that KC weren't used to sound like this work even in the early albums but if you listen to the frippertron...*ehm* to the soundscapes you'll find the exact match of Islands, add the lonely guitar from the Crimson King crying and Collins' sax at his best, making the role of lead instrument. After a pair of spin these few tracks reveal the two great hidden sides: Levin and Harrison. While the first is well known to be one of the best at bass and stick and he sure doesn't disappoint his fans bringing some of the best movements since a decade, Harrison is maybe the best drummer that can take the palce of someone like Bruford in the court, nice work in keeping an ambient profile that join togheter with bass and sax with some nice improvements since his previous works (PT's Fear of a Blank Planet especially). Last but not least the voice from Jakszyk: the guy is really a nice surprise, clean voice that fit perfeclty in the mood of this Projekct (the first with vocals).


Awesome work, that's it. For those who think this to be another KC album I fear they will need to wait the next time: even if complex and structured as a KC album it's not: and even the sleeve say so since the authors are Jakszyk, Fripp & Collins, but don't be afraid of the Jazzy release, it works perfectly and after few spins I cannot put it down. If you are looking for other improvvisations (like X, Masque or Space Groove), you will get some nice parts of good music, too bad no deep analysis like Live at the Jazz Cafe, just written-before work. Since this is the come back of old courtiers and the first real work between Harrison and Fripp I was skeptical, but this 42 min work worth alone all these years of waiting for something new... 5 stars!

Erik Nymas | 5/5 |


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