Hailing from the UK, King Crimson are a band that were ahead of their time, specifically with their debut album ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’. This album is considered by many to be a game changer in the music industry, especially as a progressive album. It is clear that with their debut, King Crimson were looking to make a large impression with their innovative instrumental pieces. This definitely contributed to the voice which progressive rock was gaining in the late 60s- early 70s.
The album in itself contains five lengthy tracks, each crafted uniquely and creatively. “21st Century Schizoid Man” is practically one of the most powerful opening songs to any album, it is indeed an astounding song to open this memorable album with. In this song you experience both life and death with every build up within each instrument. There is life in every motive and death in every indulgence within this track. Another song which features a little piece of life is ‘Epitaph’, it starts off as a breathless melancholic causing the listener to wonder on about the song’s fate as it is all kept at a steady pace. The melody in this track is relentlessly unbeatable, and it allows for a beautiful momentum to be constructed by the time the bridge arrives. Meanwhile, ‘I Talk to The Wind’ has you caught in the glimpse with that beautiful flute being played at times that you can truly communicate with the wind. ‘Moonchild’ is a song that I believe is ahead of its time because of the way it carries itself through the verses in such a crispy manner, however, that drumming and keyboard give the song so much feeling. Finally, ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’ is literally a song to live for. It has a flowing angelic feel to it that is kept throughout the duration of the track. That chorus is unbeatable, though, because that harmonising completely justifies the beauty of the whole song. Near the conclusion of the song there’s that very progressive flute solo combined with other elements, and it just puts so much more depth into the song.
If you don’t already know of this album, then you should get yourself informed, because it really has changed music ever since it’s been released. It is an album filled with versatile songs, all showing distinctive moods and exploring so much musical beauty. Indeed, this is a classic that has gone down in history and will continue to do so. Obviously a 10/10 album any day.