The Power to Believe
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While Crimson were lumped with other classic progressive rock bands like Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, ELP and several others, Crimson possessed a darkness and a heaviness which set them apart from the rest. To make a personal hypothesis, symphonic-oriented bands like Tull and ELP seem to be generally more appreciated by the older crowd, while Crimson possessed more of a darker, heavier, sinister edge that many vituperative-loving youngsters -- whom otherwise wouldn't have much use for the sophisticated works of prog-rock -- felt they could latch onto. This definitely isn't "your daddy's prog-rock," but more like the prog-rock of kids who locked up their parents in a closet, threw away the key, and added their OWN twist on things, which would again, point to irony, given that the folks who created this music assumedly average a half-century in age. (Note: if by chance, you stumble upon this page and review, doubt that prog-rock could be heavy and "boring," and haven't heard a thing from Crimson, head straight to their 1974 release, RED.Read more ›
"The Power to Believe" opens with a simple version of the title piece, labeled a cappella is a bit misleadingly, since Belew's voice is so intensely filtered and processed electronically. "She carries me through days of apathy, she washes over me. She saved my life, in a manner of speaking, when she gave me back the power to believe." This is followed by a monstrous (i.e., rocking, great!) piece, "Level Five," reminiscent of "Discipline."
King Crimson always includes lovely, acoustic tunes to soften the blows, and "Eyes Wide Open" represents yet another shimmering entry, just as attractive as the best of "Beat." "Elektrik," begins with woodwinds and smashes into a piece that recalls "Red" and the "Larks's Tongues" series. "Facts of Life" is expansive and mysterious in its opening, and we again are banged up against the side of head with a rocker that harkens back to "Indiscipline." Belew is in his element, singing soulfully over the cacophony, tongue-in-cheek.Read more ›
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This is an outstanding album. A must-have for King Crimson fans! In my opinion, this line-up is one of the most powerful and emotional line-ups of the band. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark E. Owen
My favorite Crimson album since Lizard. The overall feel is dark and sinister, but some of the tracks are beautiful and delicate. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Range
FANTASTIC MUSIC AND THE BEST OF ALL THIER CD'S... EVEN THOGH I GREW UP ON " COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING " THIS CD IS THE BEST MIX AND QUALITY SOUND EVER !!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by dr.j waterfield
This may be the best Crimson album since the remarkable "Red" of the mid-70's. KC has formed, and disbanded so many times, but always under the leadership and direction of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. G. Lewis
Different, rawer, more electronic than earlier 80's stuff.
A kaleidoscope of sounds and energy.
Great for listening to and doing what needs to be done.
The Power to Believe (2003) is the last studio album by King Crimson. Over a decade later, there's talk of a reformation, and I certainly hope it materializes. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Todd7
Released in 2003, KC's `The Power to Believe' features the same Fripp-Belew-Gunn-Mastelotto quartet as its immediate predecessor `The Construkction of Light'. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by The Guardian
This is supposedly King Crimson's last studio effort, since Robert Fripp announced his retirement from music last year*. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Neil C. Delaplane
In an article for The All Music Guide, Bruce Eder suggests that King Crimson is one of the Progressive Rock bands from the late 60s which, by the 80s and 90s had dramatically... Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by M. Samild