Weekly Vinyl – Islands

13 Sep

Islands
King Crimson
(1971)
SONY DSC
What an interesting hodge-podge of sound. It is at once as delicate and fleeting as a puff of wind and nasty and harsh as an early morning contractor using a circular saw. There are many styles of music here — each one trying to assert its dominance.
But none do — and this is a problem with this album.
As the album side would finish I would try to think of what I heard. And no thoughts occur. So I listen to it again and again. Nothing. It is a good album And it must be noted that all the music is frightfully well executed, however it does not really have a musical direction. It is like some of the “free jazz,” interludes that crop up here and there in the songs. Nice noodling but where are you going.

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