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These prog-rock granddaddies have gone through a number of changes over the years -- guitarist Robert Fripp is, in fact, the only original member remaining in the current lineup -- but the band's sense of adventure remains a constant. Fripp's incisive, perfectly sculpted sonic structures are every bit as ear-catching now as they were three decades ago, particularly when set against the bull-in-a-china-shop counterpoint of Adrian Belew. Portent is at a premium here, particularly on the four-part title track, which includes an ethereal first movement that allows Belew's a cappella vocal to rise unfettered, as well as a segment that brings the noise Khyber Passstyle. As ever, the playing is far more disciplined (no pun intended) than most of the band's peers', whether the canvas is dark and mottled -- as on "Facts of Life," which grafts a snaky blues progression onto a stark, martial rhythm -- or crystal clear, as on the eerily deliberate "Dangerous Curves." The Power to Believe may not offer much in the way of campfire sing-alongs, but for blazing instrumental dexterity, it's hard to beat.
Performance CreditsKing Crimson Primary Artist
Adrian Belew Guitar,Vocals
Trey Gunn Guitar
Robert Fripp Guitar
Pat Mastelotto Drums
Tim Faulkner Vocals
Technical CreditsAdrian Belew Composer
King Crimson Composer,Audio Production
Robert Fripp Audio Production
Vicar Audio Production
Machine Programming,Audio Production