- Audio CD (April 25 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Virgin Records Us
- ASIN: B000000W7H
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
|2. Coda: Marine 475|
|4. Walking On Air|
|7. Inner Garden I|
|9. Radio I|
|10. One Time|
|11. Radio II|
|12. Inner Garden II|
|13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream|
|14. Vrooom Vrooom|
|15. Vrooom Vrooom: Coda|
KC revs up the motors with the rocking Vrooom, which leads to a Coda and descending musical figures that end in a bass rock blast.
Dinosaur quickly became one of my King Crimson favorites, pop in flavor but with a driving beat. Walking on Air is unabashedly gorgeous and atmospheric, a lovely ballad. B'Boom is essentially a drum solo, but very arresting and creative. Thrak is monster rock, rumbling and driven with some spaced out atmospherics.
Inner Garden is mysterious and menacing in tone, but lyrical and lilting. The pop-flavored People features great guitar and a driving beat. Radio I and II are short interludes of outer-space reverb and echo that frame One Time, yet another ballad that rivals Walking on Air for beauty and clarity. This set is brought to a close by a revisted Inner Garden.
We are treated to a third pop-flavored rocker, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream. Two more versions of the hard-rock Vroom bring this great disc to a close.
Too much of the album is consumed by two extremes. One is ungodly metal that sounds like follow-up efforts to 1975's "Red" (a nice track, but who wants to hear more variations on that same overdriven sound?). Another is Adrian Belew doing peaceful little Japanese-sounding songs, most of which are totally dispensible. The two that work well are "Dinosaur" and "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream". Those two are fine additions to the Crimson canon, but sound better on the live "Heavy ConstruKction" collection from a few years later with a 4-piece band (even though I slammed that album in review also).
THRAK is, unfortunately, the only studio album produced by the 6-man "double trio" Crim, a configuration which was just beginning to figure out what it could do and be. Robert Fripp commented on one occasion that he felt that the 6-man Crim left him little room to do anything; Adrian Belew has stated a definite performance for a quartet ("any quartet," as long Fripp is in it); and there's little doubt that the double trio's music could get _very_ busy and even confused. But a few tracks on here ("VROOOOM, "VROOOM VROOOM," and "B'boom") are as powerful as anything a Crimson quartet has ever produced, and one song ("One Time") is just about unbearably beautiful, but, somehow, wasn't _quite_ successful in performances by the four-man 2000 model Crimson. Pity.
The title track, "Thrak," may be the single heaviest bit of heavy metal I have ever encountered. Listen at your peril.