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Construkction Of Light
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 15 January 2008
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- Product Dimensions : 12.6 x 14.4 x 0.99 cm; 102.06 Grams
- Manufacturer : DGM/PANEGYRIC
- Manufacturer reference : DGM0514
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Label : DGM/PANEGYRIC
- ASIN : B000VQQMIW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 33,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Following the THRAK era double-trio incarnation of King Crimson the band fragmented into a variety of experimental outfits known as "Projekcts", a form of 'research and development' vehicle for the next stage in King Crimson's studio recorded output. When the band did reconvene to record, the line-up had settled to that of a quartet for the first time since 1984. The resulting album is one of the most sustained sonic attacks in Crimson's lengthy history. Mastelotto's powerful drumming and sample triggering combine with Gunn's bass flourishes to provide a dense sound world which Fripp & Belew could weave into, out of & around. The band's knack for reinventing itself was safely carried into a new decade. Unavailable since the end of 2003 the album makes for a welcome addition to the DGM catalogue.
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The resultant Fripp-Belew-Gunn-Mastelotto foursome delivers a powerful, heavy and uncompromising guitar-dominated album full of adventurous compositions and unconventional time-signatures which at times sounds like John McLaughlin's 1970s Mahavishnu Orchestra quintet, on steroids and with vocals.
In style CoL is essentially similar to `Thrak' and to the excellent 2003 album `The Power to Believe'. But CoL is the darkest of the three, the most hard-driving, primeval and at the same time accessible collection. Adrian Belew in particular is on top form here, singing with gusto of depression and modern nihilism (especially the blinding opener `ProzaKc Blues') and delivering some stunning and memorable guitar work. The heavy-metal sounding `Larks' Tongues 4' and `FraKctured' re-capture the spirit of the 1970s band as though the 80s period never happened; these numbers would have fitted right in to the `Red' album.
Despite the presence of more mellow moments, CoL is too relentless and uncompromising to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with KC's greatest work; there's insufficient light and shade. It's good though - the least you would expect from musicians as capable and inventive as this crew, and carrying the KC name.