I have listened to King Crimson for an eternity, and the thing I have always enjoyed most about the band (which, naturally, means Robert Fripp) is his fear of repeating himself. So... after going through a number of lineup and sound changes in the late 60's and 70's, Fripp assembles a new band (with only the excellent Bill Bruford from earlier KC lineups) to make an album that takes what he did on "Red" and shapes it into something different... and very satisfying!
Although this CD has been called "poppy," I wonder what is so pop sounding about "The Sheltering Sky," "Discipline," or even "Elephant Talk?" These songs may sound more mainstream than "Earthbound" (OK... enough of the Earthbound jokes), but there is nothing I have heard in this genre that sounds ANYTHING like this.
Adrian Belew has seemed to finally find a place where he can take his enormous talent, his more-than-adequate singing, and his wit and intelligence and fit in. As I have listened to this CD (after I wore out a vinyl copy) for 20 years, I still have not grown tired of this wonderful music. Although it is a bit short, there is not a weak track on the entire set.
For those of you who have not heard this CD, prepare yourself for a wonderful treat. And make sure you have the volume cranked when "The Sheltering Sky" is playing. I still get shivers when I hear that song!