King Crimson
The ConstruKction of Light


1.5
very poor

Review

by BurgerMcJackson USER (3 Reviews)
July 21st, 2007 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that sadly caves in to the dark side of progressive rock, with nothing to offer but the same ridiculous instrumental wankery on almost every song.

Anything bearing the King Crimson name is sure to be a dense, hard-to-digest album, and The ConstruKction of Light is no different. This is suffocatingly precise music, and it does not lend itself nicely to repeated listens.

The main problem with the album is this: The music is so machine-like and unforgiving that it alienates the listener almost immediately, and repeated plays of the songs don't reveal any hidden charms, but instead confirm everything you thought was wrong with it on the first listen.

The musicians in King Crimson deserve a lot of credit for putting this beast of an album together, anyway. The interlock arpeggios, the wild solos, the unbelievable drum-work, the sheer power of some of the riffs, and the ability to pull it all off live are all the work of four unquestionable talented individuals. This has always been the case with King Crimson's music. It demands respect. Still, though, it can be very cold. Thankfully, Adrian Belew has been there to give the music a human face with his poetic lyrics and passionate delivery, as well his energetic guitar leads.

But here, it's almost as if Belew is gone. He sings on a few songs, sure, but it's nothing like "Elephant Talk," or "Waiting Man." It seems as if even the flame inside him is dead, and the album has nothing to lean on but its complexity and sophistication, both of which are taken way overboard. So then there's nothing but a scrap heap...the scraps of some god-like musicians, but scraps nonetheless.

There are a few bright spots, though. "ProzaKc Blues" throws down some pretty slick riffs, and the throaty singing of an unidentifiable singer is pretty cool. For an entire song you are entertained not by the time signature of the piece, but by the feel of music.

"Into the Frying Pan" is another high point, and Adrian Belew and company loosen up a bit during the verses, but get thick and heavy towards the end. For a second time, you feel like you are focusing on something bigger and more important than the technicality of the individual riffs.

But then you get a nine minute aural raping with "FraKctured" which drones on with absolutely no purpose or emotion until it finally ends. It exemplifies everything wrong with the album, being too long, too dull, and too caught up in its own complexity with nothing to reveal but the same exhausting listen, time after time.

The album continues to be disappointingly lame, until it concludes in style with "Heaven and Earth," which begins with relaxing ambiance, then shifts into a powerful, yet thoughtfully put together instrumental middle segment, before it calms back down and dies in peaceful ambient textures.

This album isn't nearly enough to tarnish the great legacy of King Crimson, but as an individual work, it is both extremely disappointing and tiring.


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Kage
July 21st 2007


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

While I have to admit this is a really well-written review, you couldn't be more wrong. This album is magical and always will be, as are all King Crimson albums; but this one has its own charm.


EDIT: Wait, I just realized you're the same guy who reviewed Kaleidoscalp...

You're really good; Keep reviewing, but stop criticizing albums I like. :angry:This Message Edited On 07.21.07

AlienEater
July 22nd 2007


716 Comments


good album

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do not understand your arguments good sir!

FR33L0RD
September 28th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Superb album

MoonlitKnight
October 26th 2007


19 Comments


"But here, it's almost as if Belew is gone."

Good, this may actually be worth listening to.

pdbn
January 26th 2009


130 Comments


Despite what the review says this is worth checking out, in fact it is very good! I just finished listening to it fully to make sure...yep great album. Makes me wonder if reviewer actually listened to it or was just bored and felt like writing...each to his own I guess :DThis Message Edited On 01.26.09

froghawk
February 23rd 2011


134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The title track is possibly the best thing the band has done since Discipline. I don't get why no one seems to appreciate it - that song is a far cry from cold complexity. It's downright beautiful in parts.

Activista anti-MTV
December 10th 2011


3146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How did these two reviews make it past the swear filter?

RobertFripp
March 9th 2012


32 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great album

NightmareCinema16
December 6th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Uh...

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


20987 Comments


Haven't heard this one.

NightmareCinema16
December 6th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not really that significant. The only song I really listen to is Larks Tongues Pt. IV.

Chortles
January 26th 2013


17994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

okay this is not that bad

Digging: Jacaszek - Treny

demigod!
February 11th 2013


44715 Comments


2.5 damn

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

DeputyExorcist
April 7th 2013


69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album has really interesting music on it. I don't understand the low rating. It takes some of the ideas of Discipline
and maximizes them.
Also, Prozac Blues is probably the worst song KC has ever put out. Strange that most people seem to like that one.

oltnabrick
April 7th 2013


31079 Comments


think this is my least fav KC album yep

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

FearThyEvil
April 7th 2013


12619 Comments


3.5 for least favorite album by a band is still very impressive.

DeputyExorcist
April 7th 2013


69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just realised that Into the Frying Pan sounds like KC mixed with with Alice and Chains....

DeputyExorcist
April 11th 2013


69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No?

NightmareCinema16
August 5th 2013


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd say for me like a 2.7-2.8/5, but....



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