Wednesday, September 8, 2010

King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic (320)

To those accustomed to the "romantic prog" style of KC's first few albums, the overall sound of LTIA might come as a bit of a surprise. From the delicate and exotic ambient opening minutes to the loud instrumental freakout at the end, this is about as prog as you can get without veering off into avant-garde territory. It's heavy, it's jazzy, and most of all, it works. There is a reason it is hailed as one of the greatest albums from the classic prog era: its eclectic style has influenced many experimental bands today (many even say it's proto-prog-metal, you'll know why when you hear it). It may take some effort to fully appreciate Fripp and co.'s genius, but it's well worth it.


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