KING CRIMSON — THRAK (review)

KING CRIMSON — THRAK album cover Album · 1995 · Jazz Related Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Warthur
King Crimson's major album of the 1990s finds the band playing in a double trio lineup - think the 80s King Crimson with an extra rhythm section bolted on. Musically speaking, I'm heavily reminded of a mixture of the most aggressive and alienating parts of the mid-1970s Crimson and the 80s incarnation of the band... and that's kind of the problem. Unlike the 80s revival of the band, this incarnation of the King seems to spend a little too much time trading on past glories - there's even lyrical references to The Sheltering Sky, for crying out loud. Whereas with Discipline it was clear Fripp and company had a bold new sound which was crying out for expression, I don't hear any material on here which is so essential as to merit the resurrection of the hoary old King Crimson name in association with it. Nice enough for the nostalgia fans, I guess, but it's not for me.
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