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King Crimson - Beat/Three Of A Perfect Pair album review

Album Review

When Kerouac and electronic art-funk-pop collide, remixed by King Crimson's Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson…

King Crimson’s 1970s work was always a balance between crafted songs, more severe formal compositions and improvisation. Many people were introduced to the group in the 1980s – Three Of A Perfect Pair broached the UK top 30 in 1984 – and by then that balance had shifted so that its more user-friendly aspect was the sleekly fashioned post-New Wave songs sung by Adrian Belew over bright, interwoven guitar lines and with Bill Bruford playing some electronic percussion. From 1982, Beat contains some Talking Heads-y pop, the fidgety, jumpy Neurotica, a more acerbic track in The Howler and an extended version of Requiem, which moves from ambient still life to loopy improv.


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