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Number 11, number 11...
:: Posted by DannyX on April 03, 2014
Thrak was a perfect blend of the power of the 70’s band with the subtlety of the 80’s one, and the perfect balance of Belew’s Beatlesque pop sensibilities with Fripp’s Bartokian aspirations, at once embracing the past but looking far forward...their last great album before losing focus and diluting their energy with the Projekcts (and the loss of one of the best rhythm sections ever).
:: Posted by rja1967 on April 03, 2014
THRAK arrived at a time in my life when I was somewhat out of touch with music. I no longer scoured the music papers for news of my favourite bands, and this was pre-internet, so there were no handy facebook updates. I had recently married and my wife and baby daughter were my priorities.
I had been thrilled by the chance discovery of VROOOM some months earlier, but I had no idea that THRAK was on its way until I wandered into the Edgware branch of Our Price one lunchtime. A gorgeous ballad was playing, the singer I recognised but couldn’t immediately place, and the music itself was also nagging at me. It was only as "Walking On Air" gentled to a close that I had the sudden realisation that this was a new King Crimson song. For some unaccountable reason the shop was actually playing the whole album, so I was then treated to the swirling soundscapes and pounding drums of "B’BOOM" and the oddly enjoyable being-hit-over-the-head-by-several-dustbin-lids clatter of "THRAK" itself.
A swift walk to the counter - new CD purchased and snapped into my Sony Discman (remember those?) and the rest of my lunch hour (and many, many subsequent hours) was spent in the company of the Double Trio. And not long after I was a few rows from the front at the Royal Albert Hall for my first Crim Hot Date. Happy days indeed.
:: Posted by emory0 on April 03, 2014
Thrak was a lot to digest. With two additional players there’s a huge amount of sound, almost too much for the CD format to hold properly.
This was the first Crim album which I think sounded like Crim had sounded live in the 80s, and perhaps more so. As much as I enjoyed the 80s albums, you really don’t get the sense of what Crimson was really about from them, but with THRAK you do.
And Belew singing less was great: I love Belew’s singing, of course, but allowing him to just play guitar and wail with the band really brings out what he brought to the band.
Arguably, THRAK is Crimson’s most influential record. I think it not only consolidates its legacy as a very hard band (when it wanted to be), it also seems to have nudged the whole modern Progressive metal movement forward and out of the shadows. At least, in the nearly 20 years since, heavy bands making use of odd time signatures and structures is almost mainstream now, and the timing of THRAK is probably no coincidence.
:: Posted by davidly on April 03, 2014
Upon its release, this was the album I used to compare the difference between my monster JBL cabinets and their replacement, the new Bose subwoofer system. The Bose effectively highlighted the contrapuntal punch of Vrooom and Thrak, with the vast separation of their tiny satellites heard but not seen; the JBLs best conveyed the spectrum of color evident in the Radios and Codas (I really should have kept both sets of speakers but my flat was too small to do such a thing justice, so I never got the opportunity to try them out in tandem in a setting that might have honored it).
The album remained in permanent rotation for quite some time. As a potential hit, Dinosaur was a great metaphor for Belew to return with; like the best popular lyrics, you didn’t have to know what he was singing about for it to resonate powerful meaning personal and/or universal; it gave me the feeling that the lyricist was--in a way not yet before--representing the band’s sole consistent member as spokesperson, as if he might have channeled the words from the ether by way of the Venal One’s nightmares.
As a whole, the album struck me as a triumphant melding of the Red and Discipline eras. In retrospect, maybe it combined bits of every Crim that came before it. At any rate, it was a 90’s album that gave to the 90s just what the 90s needed but had yet to bear. As much as Grungers touted Red, it took Thrak to make good on their promise.
I must say that if I’m going to listen to it today, I have to set aside the entire hour strictly for that purpose. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is open to interpretation. Today-today, it is awfully good.
:: Posted by thrakkie on April 03, 2014
Bought on the day of issue from Our Price, Cheapside, London. Surprised they had it. Got the gold limited edition. Wonderful album.
:: Posted by Petitwazoo on April 03, 2014
As he had still to hear it the day after release, a friend still remembers me enthusiastically describing it to him as
“sounding a like a ballsy Mahavishnu, on its way back from a night in the boozer and enjoying a greasy kebab!”
I still listen to this album a lot, and stand by my knee-jerk appraisal/critique to this day!
:: Posted by Bumbler on April 03, 2014
Thrak - my first album KC. The powerful impression - I was 15 years old. The song "People" was the first I heard. But with all the albums KC, I like ... "Beat" and "Power to believe" :)
Tuesday, 25th February 2014
:: Posted by DannyX on April 02, 2014
11.03 Bredonborough. Something good returned with me from the course in Mexico.
One suspects he is NOT referring to a scorpion.
:: Posted by markmmarkm on April 01, 2014
Oops, I see Kickstarter is crowdfunding.
Helping Bill Nelson
:: Posted by markmmarkm on April 01, 2014
Here’s an idea:
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