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King Crimson


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Erik Nymas
5 stars Side two, the Red one


King Crimson? You cannot say to know progressive if you don't have ever listened to one of their album! The problem is in fact that you need to listen at least three album to understand the path taken from his Crimson King and the courtiers that changed near him in the various years and releases: is almost impossible to say if the actual group of musicians will work on the next album, or a live date.

Main Theme

At the beginning of 80s Robert Fripp was working on a group he called ''Discipline'', and discipline was, but not with the same meaning: as every single note of the album cannot be wrong or the complete draw will be ruined, discipline is a way to make music from the elephant to the expression of pure guitar duo (Fripp-Belew). To be a bit more clear here we got a masterpiece!

The perfect schemes, the absolutely lunatic lyrics and the best tracks which keep the path taken with Red's Starless makes the clue as the start of a new KC gereration. This Discipline make his point over the intense guitar parts, the slow and crazy lyrics of Indiscipline the frenetic and ironic Thela hun ginjeet with his story and the eccentric drums that cannot play the same note twice (Bruford here is at his top: everytime you listen to him you can say that he has lost his way, but after few seconds he takes again the same route in another counterpoint only to demonstrate that he is doing that for joking), after the looney part of the disc we got some deep tracks, like The sheltering sky or the slow and melancholic Matte Kudasai, all this without counting the mirror between Belew and Fripp in Frame by frame and Discipline, I'll not spend other words to describe the disc since it is fulfilled with counterpoints, rapid stops and quick reprises, moments of deep reflessive music and parts where it's only the background for one of the lyrics parts while Bruford keep to play drums like none before and the two guitarist playing as a single one.


After this spoilering on the album that I hope will lead someone to listen at it, maybe give it a spin of introduction since KC music isn't easy at all, just got in mind who is Robert Fripp: a master of guitar (he got his own school), eclectic composer and skilled sound technician, after you got all of this maybe it's time to talk with the elephant and listen to it frame by frame, this worth a solid 5 stars as Discipline, album and kind of music, is the essence (even if it cannot be caught in a genre) of King Crimson old, present and future.

Erik Nymas | 5/5 |


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