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Power To Believe

King Crimson Audio CD
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Exclusive Japanese Limited Edition reissue of this 2003 album packaged in a miniature LP sleeve featuring a free sticker. 2006. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars KC, Power Indeed July 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
The album that gave me back the power to believe in KC. Much heavier, more emotional and fun than their previous album Construction of Light, The Power to Believe is the hardest hitting album from Crimson since Red and their best studio album since Discipline from 1981.
The album starts with a beautiful processed accapella version of "The Power to Believe." Reiterated in different forms throughout the album, TPTB acts as a unifying theme not unlike "Peace" on In the Wake of Posiedon, KC's second album. Then CRUNCH! The instrumental "Level Five" pastes your ears back with blasts of avant-math-metal. The third number "Eyes Wide Open" is a bitterweet "pop" song about missed oportunities by Adrian Belew and is one of the best songs on the CD. The ending coda is especially emotionaly charged and uplifting. If radio weren't so market researched/preprogrammed these days I'd say it could be a hit.
Heavy and dark, Level Five recalls the album Red, but thats not the only nod to the past on this album. Others songs bring to mind Starless and Bible Black or Discipline era material. "Dangerous Curves" sounds like an electronica influenced conflation of "The Talking Drum" from Larks Tongue in Aspic and "Mars" also from In The Wake of Posiedon. Robert Fripps guitar playing recalls and updates styles he's used throughout his history in Crimson: from fast unison lines, avant-metal, to soundscape electronica, etc... But rather than merely aping the past, Fripp and company have made "The Power To Believe" both a culmination of everything that made past Crimson great, and a step forward.
The playing on TPTB is confident and adventurous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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All I can say is "I want MORE!!" You will too once you have come to appreciate the creation of these masters of their trade.
Strange thing is that this album sounds very little like any of the band's other albums(maybe not such a strange thing for this band). Least of all does it sound like their previous effort, The ConstruKction of Light. You might say, however, that The Power To Believe sounds like _All_ of their past successes. Some of the songs could be compared with other songs they've done. For instance, "Eyes Wide Open" is along the same line of reasoning as were THRAK's "Walking On Air" and "One Time," but does not sound much like those songs at all. Instead, "Eyes Wide Open" is just enough less quiet that is fits with the controlled mayhem of the rest of this masterwork. "Level Five" and "Elektrik" are both awesomely complex instrumentals that both have a flavor of almost each of their most successful instrmentals to date. That, however, is where the similarities stop. "The Facts of Life" and "Happy With etc.." are something different, almost likening to the effect the song "People" had on the album THRAK, but these are infinitely heavier than "People." All the tracks titled: "Power To Believe I, II, II and IV" are from (or based on) a live performance in 1997 which was almost entirely improvisational. The jarring moments and improvisational harmony of these tracks add greatly to the overall feel of this album which is very brooding and, not to use part of the album's own name, but... _Powerful_, mightily powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Art Music Masterpiece March 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is not only the greatest King Crimson record, but also may be one of the greatest records in modern music period, IMHO. It is a concept album and the music challenge the listners. My friend who is a classical music fan was blown away by listening experience of this album. If you are looking for top 40 hits, catchy hooks, or simple three chords ditty, this album or King Crimson may not be for you. But anyone who says "I love music," needs to listen to this album. It will be an experience.
Some listening advice; Do not play this album as a background music, or do not try to dace to it at parties. The best way to appreciate it is sit down in front of your CD player/speakers, make sure there is no distraction, and play the album. Actively listen, concentrate, study it, play the air drums (if you can keep up with the beasty Pat Mastelotto that is!), and do not stop or leave in the middle of the music or CD but listen to the entire album, from start to finish. After that go to your computer and check the website discipline global mobile(record label of King Crimson and other cool artists established by Robert Fripp, [...] ) and learn more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive return to form March 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
After their disappointing 2000 effort, "The ConstrukCtion of Light," I was skeptical about the future of King Crimson. Fortunately, "The Power to Believe" finds the band back in top form. In fact, while "Power" is not quite as generous an offering as 1995's "Thrak," it surpasses that record in terms of power, consistency, and sonic excellence.
The thematic structure of the record in general and the title track in particular (with its intro, theme and variation, and coda) recalls Crimson's second album, "In The Wake of Poseidon," with its recurring "Peace" theme. Ascending guitar patterns drive the instrumentals "Level Five" and "Elektrik" a la "Larks Tongues in Aspic Part II" and "Fractured." "The Power to Believe Part II" begins with exotic percussion reminiscent of "The Talking Drum" and "The Sheltering Sky," then segues into a vibraphone section that recalls the introduction to "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part I." "Dangerous Curves" updates the "Bolero" rhythm of "The Devil's Triangle" for the electronic age.
The major difference between the newer songs and their older counterparts is that atmospheric development has largely supplanted dynamic catharsis. The continued integration of Robert Fripp's "Soundscapes" and Pat Mastelotto's aggressive drumming into the Crimson sound - as well as spatial sonics vastly superior to any Crimso release - prevent these tracks from merely rehashing past glories.
Despite considerable references to their past, Crimso aren't quite ready for the (oyster soup kitchen floor) wax museum yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gem
Definite five stars. The genius of Fripp is unmistakeably embedded in each piece. I especially treasure Level Five - what a gem!. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Seikofan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Well being a very large King Crimson fan, I was curious to hear this album. As it was one without Bill Bruford and Tony levin.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marcus Almighty
4.0 out of 5 stars The power to believe
Pur King Crimson,à apprivoiser, .Ce n'est pas un album pour les amateur de rock conventionnel,vraiment pour les amateurs de progressif.
Published 13 months ago by francois duhamel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thou Dost Believe!
This is the best King Crimson album since Red. Unlike other album efforts since the mid seventies, this album works as a cohesive whole. Read more
Published on May 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power To Make Believers Of The Nonbelievers
In case you haven't been keeping up with the Crims lately, you may want to grab this disc. People have been waiting to pronounce KC dead... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars a Crimson masterpiece.
As a lifelong Crimson fan, I was moved by the power and intensity of this work, this ranks as a Crimson masterpiece.
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Mark S. Saka
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece?
I'm a casual Crimson fan - I remember Court of the Crimson King (21st Century Schizoid Man,) Discipline (Elephant Talk,), etc. - have followed Fripp a bit, Adrian Belew a bit... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars tight and focused
My first reaction after hearing this for the first time was, "Yes, King Crimson have finally done it! Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by phobos
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems Pretty Mediocre to Me
Many Crimson fans seem enthralled with this album. I can't imagine why. The band has regressed to an overdriven variation on heavy metal with an especially clean sound which... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Scott McFarland
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