Construcktion of Light
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is not one of the exemplary KC albums; those would be "Court of the Crimson King" and "Discipline" and either "Red" or "Larks Tongues in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marco Buendia
The best song on here in my opinion is ProsaK Blues. Very humorous. Ya gotta laugh. Less, of course, you have a loved one who did something terrible as a result of the drug prosac. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rockprophet
Perhaps the most powerful album of the band? A must-have for all King Crimson fans. The songs are outstanding. The Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum is great. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark E. Owen
This is one of my favorite King Crimson releases and I’ve been with them since “In the Court of the Crimson King. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Terry Brown
A mixed album from KC -- I absolutely love the title track (both parts 1 and 2) as well as Heaven and Earth and the continuing Larks Tongue In Aspic Part whatever. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven N. Gosney
I'm not a huge huge Crimson fan but love the first 2, Red, and this one a lot. I think this is definitely one of their best, especially if you are a musician. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by random5
The 2000-released `Construkction of Light' sees the double-trio line-up featured on `Thrak' pruned down to a quartet with the departure of percussionist Bill Bruford (a stalwart of... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by The Guardian
Since the Fripp/Belew/Bruford/Levin quartet released "Discipline," King Crimson has been simultaneously very difficult to listen to ... or to stay away from. Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by Bradley Scroggs