Friday, 13 November 2020

King Crimson - A Scarcity Of Miracles (2011)

The 16th album from these British legends.

The band is reduced to a trio on this album with a lineup of guitars, guzheng, saxophones, flute, keyboards and vocals.

Tony Levin and Gavin Harrisson helps out on bass, drums, percussion and vocals.

This album is the last and perhaps final ever King Crimson studio album as the band finds it funnier and more profitable doing gigs as a sextet than releasing new music. 

That is a choice I respect.

On this album, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk forms King Crimson with the help of the two above mentioned guest musicians.

There is a lot of Mel Collins saxophones on this album. And a lot of vocals too.

This album is songs based and it is not a so much eclectic prog album as we are used to from this band.

This is still a King Crimson album, through and through. The music is still eclectic.... but with a melodic twist.

The music is really good on this album and this is a side of King Crimson I also find valuable and interesting.

If this is the final ever King Crimson studio album, they have nothing to be ashamed of. They are going out with their reputation intact.

3 points

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