Thursday 23 July 2020

King Crimson - Beat (1982)

The ninth album from this British band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, Chapman stick, guitars, Fripptronics, organ and vocals.

This is their second album after the comeback. Robert Fripp, an undisputed genius, is at the helm again and the band very much continues in the same vein as on their comeback album Discipline.

That means eclectic prog.

King Crimson has set the standards for eclectic prog. There is no doubts in my mind about that. And they are a wonderfully eclectic band and one of the best ever progressive rock bands.

Beat gives us a lot of weird melodies and rhythm structures.

The songs are weird with some good vocals from Adrian Belew. Tony Levin and Bill Bruford too adds a lot of colours to this album. Robert Fripp's guitars are holding it all together.

Beat is not one of the best King Crimson albums. It still have some fascinating stuff only the likes of King Crimson can come up with.

This is a good album indeed and one who fits nicely together with the rest of the King Crimson discography.

3 points

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