|1. ProzaKc Blues|
|2. The ConstruKction Of Light|
|3. Into the Frying Pan|
|5. The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum|
|6. Lark's Tongues In Aspic-Part IV|
|7. Lark's Tongues In Aspic-Part IV|
|8. Lark's Tongues In Aspic-Part IV|
|9. Lark's Tongues In Aspic-Part IV|
|10. Coda: I Have a Dream|
|11. Project X: Heaven And Earth|
First, i know the references to days of Crimson past annoy some people who claim it's Crimson saying "they're out of original ideas". But i find them kinda cool in that "im a member of the Inner Crim Circle" kind of way. The lyrics i actually liked as well. ProzaKc Blues is actually kinda funny, and a humorous take on modern society. And the references in "I Have a Dream" i felt were great too. "Symbols of our life and times" indeed.
But let's face it. The bread and butter of any KC album has always been the music. So how does the music on CoL stack up to the classics? Quite well i'd say.
ProzaKc Blues is classic Crim. From the wacky beat and riffs to the traditionally un-traditional bass vocals. The ConstruKction of Light certainly isn't the best Crimson instrumental ever, but it holds it's own. And then in the second part the vocals elevate it to a better than average track. Into the Frying Pan is perhaps the best track here. With it's mix of metal guitars and Thrak-like heavy beats it's my personal favorite on the album. FraKctured, despite the fact that it has some fantastic playing on it is kinda pointless and aimless. No need to improve on the perfection of the original. The Worlds's My... is kinda the companion piece to Into the Frying Pan. Both have the metal riffs with heavy beats and sporadic, yet excellent soloing throughout.Read more ›
The opening track, "ProzaKc Blues," is as offensive and unlistenable as anything Crimson's produced since 1970's grotesque "Lizard." The title song, which follows, features impressive instrumentation, but sinks once Belew chimes in with embarrassing lyrics about alien genitalia and whatnot. More zaniness follows with "Into the Frying Pan" and "The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum." At this point the record has become the aural equivalent of a David Lynch film: much talent wasted on weirdness for weirdness' sake.
The only genuinely impressive tracks hark back to past glories ("Larks Tongues in Aspic Part IV" and "FraKctured" - darn, this "Kc" thing is getting annoying to type!) Everything is overproduced to the point of inducing listener fatigue.
For a sample of recent Crimson at their finest, go for 1995's brilliant "Thrak" or 2003's return to form, "The Power to Believe."
Over the years a succession of musicians have gone through the ranKs of King Crimson (maKing Bob Fripp the progressive rocK equivalent of John Mayall in his BluesbreaKers), many going on to superstardom in bands such as 'Asia', 'Yes', 'Emerson, LaKe and Palmer', 'Bad Company', 'U. K.', 'Foreigner', and 'Roxy Music'. Always leaving Bob Fripp to carry on with the band in his own style, obviously a style that fits in with Adrian Belew very well, as he has been playing guitar, writing, and singing the lyrics for over twenty years. On stage Adrian Belew has the pleasure of being center stage and focal of attention, as the man in blacK (Robert Fripp) has always preferred to watch over his musicians and play from a seated position either at the side or bacK of the stage, well away from the front lights.Read more ›
This album is the finest effort in King Crimson's recent history. Read more