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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00004SX3H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ProzaKc blues
2. The ConstruKction of Light
3. The ConstruKction of Light
4. Into the Frying Pan
5. FraKctured
6. The World's My Oyster Soup/Kitchen Floor Wax Museum
7. Larks' Tongues in Aspic-Part IV
8. Larks' Tongues in Aspic-Part IV
9. Larks' Tongues in Aspic-Part IV
10. Coda: I Have a Dream
11. ProjeKct X/Heaven and Earth

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King Crimson has never been so much a band as an adventuresome modern musical academy, a prog-rock institution presided over by headmaster/guitarist Robert Fripp with a playfulness that often belies his more scholarly goals. And though its alumni have gone on to contribute to a dizzying array of more commercial enterprises (including Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Bad Company, Foreigner, and Roxy Music), Fripp's dedication to experimentation has relegated him to influential cult status. Entering its fourth, unlikely decade with ConstruKction of Light, King Crimson's pared-down quartet (Fripp, 80's recruit/guitarist Adrian Belew, and '90s inductees Trey Gunn on touch guitar and Pat Mastelotto on drums) offers up a curiously lugubrious mockery of rootsy Delta despair ("Prozac Blues") before venturing into the familiar, hypnotically polyrhythmic soundscape of the title track, the challenging harmonics of "Into the Frying Pan," and the delicate, spacious constructions of "FraKctured." "The World Is My Oyster" is almost Floydian in feel and scope, though the Pink brigade haven't made music this oddly compelling since the '70s. There are monster chops throughout, as well as some heavy riffing that underscores Crimson's continued influence on bands like Tool, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. ConstruKction is as restless as it is modern--and progressive in all the right ways. --Jerry McCulley

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King Crimson has never been so much a band as an adventuresome modern musical academy, a prog-rock institution presided over by headmaster/guitarist Robert Fripp with a playfulness that often belies his more scholarly goals. And though its alumni have gone on to contribute to a dizzying array of more commercial enterprises (including Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Bad Company, Foreigner, and Roxy Music), Fripp's dedication to experimentation has relegated him to influential cult status. Entering its fourth, unlikely decade with ConstruKction of Light, King Crimson's pared-down quartet (Fripp, 80's recruit/guitarist Adrian Belew, and '90s inductees Trey Gunn on touch guitar and Pat Mastelotto on drums) offers up a curiously lugubrious mockery of rootsy Delta despair ("Prozac Blues") before venturing into the familiar, hypnotically polyrhythmic soundscape of the title track, the challenging harmonics of "Into the Frying Pan," and the delicate, spacious constructions of "FraKctured." "The World Is My Oyster" is almost Floydian in feel and scope, though the Pink brigade haven't made music this oddly compelling since the '70s. There are monster chops throughout, as well as some heavy riffing that underscores Crimson's continued influence on bands like Tool, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. ConstruKction is as restless as it is modern--and progressive in all the right ways. --Jerry McCulley

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Long time fans of King Crimson will find a lot to like about this new, fresh release from King Crimson, version 2000. Without rehashing the past, the band builds on everything that has come before and the results are remarkable.
This is a very rich CD. There is so much there that it will take many many listens to fully appreciate the depth of the music. It is also one of the heaviest Crimson CDs and parts of "FraKctured" and "Lark's IV" give any heavy metal band a run for their money.
I don't think I've heard Robert Fripp play better. Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto keep up with panache and Adrian Belew adds color, beauty and commentary throughout. "Coda: I Have a Dream" bring chills up my spine - not felt since "Starless".
I'd say this is the best Crimson CD since Discipline, and a great improvement over a much tamer THRAK (if you can believe that)! Well done!
The bonus track "Heaven and Earth" is an indication that the sister release from "ProjeKct X", recorded at the same time as this release, is also a must have CD. That one is only available from DGM mail order though - at disciplineglobalmobile.com.
Get them both! And don't miss them on their tours this year!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Greg Rebman on May 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The intensity of this album places it as the successor to Red and Discipline, and is Kcrimson's heaviest yet. The guitar scale-work in the middle sections of FraKctured and Lark's IV is the fastest sustained playing ever recorded. In addition, Fripp has developed some new variations to his scales which save this from being a tired rehash. Previous Kcrimson signatures, such as full-ensemble parallel riffs with perfectly-timed starts and stops, have been taken to new heights of speed and complexity. I had only two reservations. First, the two best songs are reworkings of songs from the 70's; and second, they need to confine Adrian Belew to guitar. His vocals are not up to the level of the instrumentals, and his lyrics are as corny as they have always been. Nevertheless, this is emotive rock music made cubist. Sometimes one wishes that Fripp would lay into his riffs by putting more swing into his timing. But the rigid angularity of his playing style gives this music its unique soulless energy like shafts of light in the blackness of deep space.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rob Damm on May 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With each CD, King Crimson becomes more difficult to categorize. After listening to the "ProJeckts" which, admittedly bored me as often as it thrilled me, I wasn't sure where the the next proper LP would take us. I was half expecting a full-out Metal Machine Music part.II sound collage. Fripp, et al. can be difficult to follow, as they range from really abstract and super experimental works, to almost-pop-metal songs. Turns out ConStrUktion is *very* accesible (as far as King Crimson goes). Everything here is really in song form and very digestable. Of course, repeated listens are rewarded with new discoveries, but it's also an album you don't need a Phd. is music theory to understand... simply put, it rocks hard... AND presents some interesting ideas about sound, time signatures, harmony and parallel melody lines. The rythym section is especially tight and just plain gargantuan-sounding... Fripp and Belew are easily two of the 8 or 10 finest guitar players in the history of popular music... Fripp's techical skill seems to grow with each new project, and his riffing here is probably some of the fastest and most complex lead guitar work ever comitted to tape.
One caveat: this may be unpopular to say, but I really think this band should stay with instrumentals. Belew's vocals are fine, and would probably sound great if they were just wordless cries... but, the odd and silly lyrics really detract from the intelligence of the music.
The recording is spacious and detailed as any electric rock recording you'll hear. Heavy metal for thinking fellers, and a great place to start your King Crimson collection.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on September 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I say this with the most sarcasm as I can muster with a keyboard. If you notice, emotions run high when it comes to this album. People either love it or hate it, and there are only a few who really think its "just OK".
Many people are right when they say that this album really runs the gamut of Crimson's repertoire. There are sections that hit the high points of the last twenty years of Crimson's approach.
Notice I don't say thirty. If you are still pining for Greg Lake, it's time to move on (paraphrasing Robert Fripp)
Also, Bill and Tony are gone. We love them, and we miss what they did for Crimson, but that does not mean that this recording has poor playing. Pat and Trey are as accomplished in thier own way as anyone else that has ever been in Crimson. They pretty much shred this album, actually, and if you can't see that because you are too busy whining about Bruford and Levin, then you should spend your money buying re-issues and waiting for the next Peter Gabriel recording.
That being said, let's talk for a minute about those high points. Most would agree that "Red" is probably a key album in what we call "progressive" rock music, mainly for the emotion that it conveys. Sometimes in recorded music, there will be sublime moments when your stereo just can't get loud enough. You are following the music, and it is paced so perfectly that no matter where you are in the piece, you can't cognitively concieve of how the music could get any more intense. Yet, somehow, the performer raises the stakes little by little.
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