Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The relationship between this EP and King Crimson's Power to Believe 2003 long-player mirrors that of the six-track Vrooom 1994 sampler and subsequent full-length release Thrak 1994. The music perfectly contrasts the primarily instrumental and live Level Five 2001 EP by honing in on the latest lyrical contributions from Adrian Belew guitar/vocals. The disc begins with "Bude," the first in a series of short spoken verses incorporating an electronically manipulated and harmonized Belew. The result is similar to the voice box effect used by Peter Frampton on "Do You Feel Like We Do?." This slams headlong into the thrashing title track, which is not too far removed from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The relationship between this EP and King Crimson's Power to Believe 2003 long-player mirrors that of the six-track Vrooom 1994 sampler and subsequent full-length release Thrak 1994. The music perfectly contrasts the primarily instrumental and live Level Five 2001 EP by honing in on the latest lyrical contributions from Adrian Belew guitar/vocals. The disc begins with "Bude," the first in a series of short spoken verses incorporating an electronically manipulated and harmonized Belew. The result is similar to the voice box effect used by Peter Frampton on "Do You Feel Like We Do?." This slams headlong into the thrashing title track, which is not too far removed from the angst-ridden alternative metal from the likes of Therapy?, Tool, and Rammstein. In true Belew style, he incongruously twists the subject matter into a sonically aggressive backdrop, cleverly dissecting his craft as a singer/songwriter, exemplified in the lyrics: "And when I have some words/This is the way I'll sing/Through a distortion box/To make them menacing." "Mie Gakure" is a two-minute meditative soundscape interlude from Robert Fripp guitar. While the necessitation for brevity is duly noted for this release, interested parties are emphatically encouraged to seek any of Fripp's full-length soundscapes -- such as Blessing of Tears 1995, November Suite 1996, and Gates of Paradise 1998. She Shudders -- another of Belew's harmonized haikus -- prefaces an acoustic version of a second new tune, "Eyes Wide Open." This is without a doubt one of the most lyrically poignant and musically refined tunes in the King Crimson repertoire, taking its rightful place alongside tracks such as "One Time" or "Frame by Frame." Belew's vocals hang ethereally over the languid, inspired instrumentation. "Potato Pie" is a moody and dark blues containing angular chord structures as well as some symbiotic fretwork from Fripp and Belew. A live version of the fourth installment in the "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" saga concludes the ensemble endeavors on this disc. These tracks are couched between the final pair of Belew's brief vocalizations. Likewise, there is a hidden and untitled cut-and-paste pastiche consisting of incidental musical and spoken-word odds and ends taken from the recording sessions. Sandwiched between rehearsal snippets of the title track and "ConstruKction of Light" there is a bit of Belew doggerel titled "Einstein's' Relatives." These sonic scraps conclude with the final strains of "In the Court of the Crimson King," performed live by an uncredited vocal chorale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Dgm / Inner Knot
  • UPC: 633367051721
  • Catalog Number: 517
  • Sales rank: 39,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bude (0:26)
  2. 2 Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With (4:12)
  3. 3 Mie Gakure (2:00)
  4. 4 She Shudders (0:35)
  5. 5 Eyes Wide Open (4:08)
  6. 6 Shoganai (2:53)
  7. 7 I Ran (0:40)
  8. 8 Potato Pie (5:03)
  9. 9 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. IV (10:26)
  10. 10 Clouds (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Crimson Primary Artist
Adrian Belew Guitar, Vocals
Trey Gunn Bass, Guitar
Robert Fripp Guitar
Pat Mastelotto Drums
Technical Credits
Adrian Belew Producer
King Crimson Producer
Robert Fripp Producer
Ken Latchney Engineer
David Singleton Producer, Engineer
Greg Dean Engineer
P.J. Crook Cover Art
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