The Power to Believe

The Power to Believe

by King CrimsonKing Crimson


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These prog-rock granddaddies have gone through a number of changes over the years -- guitarist Robert Fripp is, in fact, the only original member remaining in the current lineup -- but the band's sense of adventure remains a constant. Fripp's incisive, perfectly sculpted sonic structures are every bit as ear-catching now as they were three decades ago, particularly when set against the bull-in-a-china-shop counterpoint of Adrian Belew. Portent is at a premium here, particularly on the four-part title track, which includes an ethereal first movement that allows Belew's a cappella vocal to rise unfettered, as well as a segment that brings the noise Khyber Pass–style. As ever, the playing is far more disciplined (no pun intended) than most of the band's peers', whether the canvas is dark and mottled -- as on "Facts of Life," which grafts a snaky blues progression onto a stark, martial rhythm -- or crystal clear, as on the eerily deliberate "Dangerous Curves." The Power to Believe may not offer much in the way of campfire sing-alongs, but for blazing instrumental dexterity, it's hard to beat.

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Release Date: 11/18/2008
Label: Dgm
UPC: 0633367051523
catalogNumber: 515
Rank: 42366

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