KING CRIMSON The Power To Believe (Sanctuary 2003)
The new studio album by the veteran progressive rock band. Founder
member Robert Fripp is still there, along with long-time guitarist/vocalist
Adrian Belew with bass player Trey Gunn and drummer Pat Mastelotto (ex-Mr.
Mister). The latter two also appear on the latest Californian Guitar Trio
After the a cappela opener of ‘the Power to Believe I’ this leads
into the heavy and brooding instrumental ‘Level Five’. The AOR-ish ‘Eyes
Wide Open’ follows and sounds not unlike Blue Oyster Cult when Buck Dharma
takes over vocal duties. ‘Elektrik’ features nimble guitar work from Fripp
and Belew, and a jazz-rock workout mid-song, before moving into heavier
territory by the song’s end. ‘Facts of Life’ with it’s sinister vocal and
underlying menace makes for a disturbing listening. The musicianship is
superb - from the guitar to the weird and wonderful bass sounds. Drummer Pat
Mastelotto puts in a fine performance as well - a far cry from his AOR days
in Mr. Mister!
This latest work from King Crimson will appeal to their fans as it
stretches their boundries again - never a band to be pigeonholed musically.
The musicianship on the album is top rate with each song deftly constructed
and it reveals more with each play. A progressive rock fans delight!
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly