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Posted October 1, 2010
Amazing futuristic sound
When King Crimson broke up after they released Red, no one ever expected to see them again. But out of nowhere they released a new album with entirely new band-members...and an entirely new stlye of music. As everyone who has heard their earlier stuff knows, King Crimson was a prog rock band on the heavier side with amazing harmony in bassist John Wetton and drummer Bill Bruford. But in Discipline, they break away from the ordinary and make a whole new style of music that they were not known for. "Elephant Talk" starts off the album, and right off the bat you know that this isn't the same band that we knew and loved in their glory days...but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Tony Levin (bassist) is just as good as John Wetton was. Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp's guitars play off each other magically, showing that they are still harmonized. "Frame by Frame," like "Elephant Talk," sounds futuristic and has all of the band members playing off of one another. The vocals in this song are brilliant. "Matte Kudasai" is a beautiful ballad, and then comes the masterpiece "Indiscipline." With the lyrics (which comes from a letter one of the band-member's wives wrote to him) about a sculpture that she had just completed and aren't even sung, but rather they are read off eerily and quietly. After the first verse, the song completely explodes. It has a very heavy feel to it, and then the vocals come back into the picture. After the second verse, the song again explodes in the same manner as the first time. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" is a fast paced and exciting jam that tells a story of a man who is "mugged" in the streets of New York. "The Sheltering Sky" is another ballad, but not as good as "Matte Kudasai" in my opinion. It could be considered filler, but I still like it. Finally this amazing album comes to an end with the title track "Discipline," where Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp play together absolutely brilliantly. The entire song is just one amazing guitar solo. Discipline definitely is much different than the previous albums King Crimson released, but is just as good as most of them, if not better. It has a futuristic sound to it which comes from Adrian Belew's guitar as Robert Fripp keeps him in balance. If you're just getting into King Crimson, go pick up Red, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, or In the Court of the Crimson King. But if you've been a long time fan and have just been scared to give this a try, stop waiting and go out and buy it!
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Posted October 26, 2008
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