King Crimson
The Power to Believe


3.0
good

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
June 29th, 2010 | 12 replies | 3,698 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The group that was always home to change stays somewhat the same...

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

King Crimson only made one major misstep in their entire career, and that was 2000's The ConstruKction of Light. The cold and lifeless album proved to be a serious downer compared to the amazing compositions this band has been creating throughout its 40+ years of existence, and perhaps the unstable-getting-stabler formation of the King's Men meant bad news for the veteran proggies.

After all, if you take a quick glance at the group's work in the 70's, you will see that not on a single album, they had the same line-up. This was all changed in the 80's, when the quartet of Robert Fripp/Adrian Belew/Tonny Levin/ Bill Bruford stayed together and recorded three albums. 1995's THRAK, ending the second hiatus for Crimson, continued this formation while adding two members, and although there's been some hustle and bustle regarding membership since then, Belew has continued to front the band, and their sound hasn't changed all that much since the 90's.

The Power to Believe, released in 2003 but still Crimson's most recent work to date, is victim to this. Once again, King Crimson sound heavy and dense, and the element of surprise has really walked off. Ear-crushing riffs, such as the ones found aplenty on Level Five, are in position as expected, but the problem is obvious: they don't really don't do that much anymore. The same goes for the 'let's-give-Belew-his-moment-in-the-spotlight' softer songs such as Eyes Wide Open, which definitely are pleasurable listens, but still needless repetitions of THRAK's Walking on Air-esque material. '

This 'we've-heard-it-all-before' feeling that runs through The Power to Believe is not one that is particularly befitting of King Crimson. After all, the last time they really sounded the same was when they didn't know how to follow up In the Court of the Crimson King and just conjured up a similar second album. That was in '70, in Crimson's younger days, and our expectations of the now-veterans is surely higher than this. That said, of course this album is not a bad King Crimson record by any means. Rather, Fripp and company have reached some sort of status quo, which keeps their consistency in check but doesn't really allow new innovation. And that, of course, is a massive shame.

The Power to Believe's King Crimson was:

- Robert Fripp ~ Lead Guitar
- Robert Steven ‘Adrian’ Belew ~ Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
- Trey Gunn ~ Warr Guitars
- Lee Patrick 'Pat' Mastelotto ~ Drums, Traps & Buttons


THE END



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Nagrarok
June 29th 2010



7957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hope everyone enjoyed the ride through King Crimson.

shindip
June 29th 2010



3536 Comments


good job Nag another great discog complete! I still havent heard this hopefully better than Construction of Light

EVedder27
June 29th 2010



6088 Comments


Another excellent discography completed. Also thanks for the reminder that I need to get going on listening to the earlier albums.

Jethro42
June 29th 2010



12036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Happy with what you have to be happy with
you have to be happy whit what you have
to be happy with what you have
Happy with what you have to be happy with
you have to be happy with what you have
to be happy with what you have
You have to be happy with what you have to be happy wiiiith


And what a helluva work you did on that discog. Bravo Nag. Brillantly covered. So sad the precious discog is already done. Your review is as expected, enjoyable to read. Cheers, for knowing the band in depth, my friend. Your discogs are epic. Keep it up, next next contributor.
=]

Rhino
June 29th 2010



71 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man you are harsh on the Construcktion of Light album Nag. It certainly wasn't as bad as a couple of the eggs laid after their debut, but yeah their weakest since Starless. Anyhow I didn't think this one was much better, if at all, but I love Dangerous Curves, very cool. Interesting to watch some of this material on the DVD as well. Good job on the catalogue!

LepreCon
June 29th 2010



3544 Comments


Congrats on another discography completion, perhaps we will see another certain one finish tomorrow?

Jethro42
June 29th 2010



12036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yesss
B.S.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2010



30298 Comments


Congrats Nag, a pos from me on all your KC reviews

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010



7957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks very much all.

Parallels
April 4th 2012



6640 Comments


Holy crap this album is awesome

Sound
April 4th 2012



3838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

Parallels
April 4th 2012



6640 Comments


Yeah



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