"Red" was an extremely groundbreaking record of the time. While a lot of prog bands in the 70's were doing more light-hearted and upbeat music awash in oodles of keyboards, Crimson made an album that was contrastingly dark, sinister, and heavy, and with very sparse use of keyboards. Needless to say, it stood out from the herd. Even as compared to their previous material, this was a very dark and menacing piece of music. However, it is certainly not without an element of beauty, as there are plenty of awe-inspiring melodies here as well.
The title track fires out of the gate, with its powerful and addictive riff. It's a very loud and hard-hitting track, but still maintains a very dark and spooky atmosphere (particularly the middle section). From there, the album moves into much softer territory, with the soothing ballad "Fallen Angel". Very nice guitar melodies, and excellent vocals. "One More Red Nightmare" gets things going again, with a very bouncy and catchy groove, combined with some wacked-out jazzy instrumentation. "Providence" is an amazing improv jam, with killer use of violin and saxophone to counter-balance Fripp's insane guitar work. The album reaches its pinnacle with the huge epic "Starless". This song is the perfect definition of buildup in music.Read more ›
You're blown away right from the opening chords of the opening title track. Read more