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JAKSZYK, FRIPP AND COLLINS: A SCARCITY OF MIRACLES

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.59 | 544 ratings

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besotoxico
4 stars Mysteriousness is felt. I'm unsure of my thoughts. My ears are open but they want to close. My mind wanders but yearns for order. My soul yet remains calm. This album is a journey through the spiritual realm. Order and Chaos are traveled.

After many listens over the past week I stumbled upon many emotions about this album. I'm still to study this music for a while. After all it is a projeKct. On the surface the music may be compared to many genres. Certain elements dominate from time to time. This album equal parts Jazz and Prog in essense but I feel it is much more than that. This album is truly spiritual and there is an incredible amount of control from the musicians for keeping it that way this whole projeKct.

I was impatient at first and was annoyed that every song seemed like it took an hour to "start". A wrong approach when listening to such an album. I fast fowarded through songs until I heard Gavin start keeping rhythm. Knowing what he is capable of doing I couldn't wait to hear what he was laying down. The amount of control he possesses is incredible. I would probably break from the tension. He is locked in the whole time. Tony Levin is incredible and that goes without saying. Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk keep it sexy. Fripp's soundscapes are on another level. I couldn't understand where he was coming from because I lacked the patience to listen. I felt distaste over all despite how sick the musicianship may have been. I would have initially reviewed this a 2 or 3.

After a week of listening the approach has differed. I look at each song individually now. Every song could be expanded into it's own album. The depth of the music is becoming clearer to me. Fripp really is on another level now. He is in the spiritual realm. His soundscapes create an aura for the band to feed on. He may have "stepped back" but I now feel he is what is keeping it all together. The tracks that stick out the most to me are The Other Man and The Light Of Day. There is an element of KC dissonance to them. These songs are from another world. The subtle complexities and fearless approach have me yearn for more of this. Where I initially skipped these tracks because I felt they went nowhere I now began to listen differently. This music is a continous journey and the path is clearer.

I highly recommend everyone listen to this album. I hope you listen to every track individually and experience them for themselves. Whether one thinks this music is great or rubbish you'll have to appreciate that they can go to this level. While it's not a perfect performance it is an excellent beginning and I hope more is to come from this ProjeKct.

4 stars.

besotoxico | 4/5 |

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