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King Crimson


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3.15 | 975 ratings

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Erik Nymas
3 stars A Giant leap?


I wrote this review like 3 years ago and never released. The main reason was about its rating: 2 or 3 or even 4? Well after all this time maybe I've the answer. The 6 man lineup is gone as the projekcts and some other things, like the melodic side of THRAK or some hairs on Belew head... sorry Adrian you talked too much with Elephants.

Main Theme

Let's start to talk about the ''blues'' it's not and the slowed voice is the last drop! The title track shows again the marvellus mirror between the guitars and almost you don't notice the weak drumming from Mastellotto, the vocal part is a coda which add a counterpoint to the guitars (just to fill the drum's work, Bill where are you??!), Frying pan is maybe the proof (if needed) that Mastellotto was a bad musician for KC, the distortions from guitars and vocals cannot do anything here. Different thing for the excellet Fracktured, the fight of the two different parts of the song almost make the listener forget about the V-drums, very nice one. The Soup don't worth nothing: disjointed music without reason and probably a failed tentative to rework something, the only positive thing is the guitar, just try to not abuse it! Larks' part 4, they made it again... Surprised? Not me. Against all odds this 3-tracks-song is maybe the best from the whole album and even with the hardened tunes blinks his eyes to the previous works adding the heavy sound of this Crimson incarnation. Finally we got a Coda with some lyrics, the descending into the lyrics part follow the same line from Larks' tracks and the distortion of Belew's voice don't add nothing. The bonus (wasn't new for me since I've got X too) add a more dynamical song and compared to the main tracks here don't lose anything.


Fripp and his court don't have got the real point here: apart the great reintroduction of twin guitars we got nothing more than a plain disc, with a worse than ever effort from Mastellotto. The rating at least is more clear after all this time and it's a solid 3 star: some traces of Crimson's music is there maybe with Bruford at drums it'd be something great.

Erik Nymas | 3/5 |


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