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King Crimson


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3.96 | 1094 ratings

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5 stars I agree entirely with prog reviewer Gatot view of the album, this is in fact a masterpiece of modern progressive rock music - visionary, different, energetic and touching at the same time.

Sometimes it voyages into the world of delusional madness, mechanical complex and bizarre rhythms and psychic auspicious guitar solos, almost as robots had lead the way, like the multifaceted "Level Five", the exquisite "Electrik", or the energetic "Facts of Life". Other times it takes to the limits of subtlety, encountered in the beauty ballad "Eyes Wide Open" and especially in the intriguing, almost cosmic peace of "The power to Believe II", where the crafted collection of symphonic nuances, background sounds and delicate instrumental approach create a very evolving hypnotic sound where the album's main motif encounters its highest level. "Dangerous Curves" is another standout, more again perhaps not possible without the superb breathtaking atmosphere created by the complex rhythmic textures of Pat Mastelotto, in a thrillering crescendo ending in the complete psychic apotheosis. The album ends like it starts, very peacefully and after a symphonic introduction, in another vocal version of the album's main motif.

This is a delightful return of the acclaimed pioneers of progressive rock music. Curiously, 34 years later, Adrian Belew and King Crimson prove that they are more interested in enlarging rock's boundaries than making success with the almost without count used formulas. Perhaps that's why they never liked much to be catalogued, even as a progressive rock band, because they knew people in general would associate them to a particular kind of sound, instead of seeing them as what they really are. This is a respectful and admirable album.

TRoTZ | 5/5 |


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