King Crimson - The Power To Believe

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Catalog Number: 06076-84585-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 51:11:00

With The Power To Believe, innovative quartet King Crimson proves that you don't have to send hundreds of thousands of soldiers to war. You can battle your anger on any musical instrument you like, resulting in a power that you will only encounter in a nuclear plant. The KC recipe hasn't changed that much over the years, as we still encounter a great deal of repetition in their music; however, Fripp's guitar now battles against the Warr guitar of Trey Gunn and the well measured antics of Adrian Belew. The guy who's controlling it all is Pat Mastelotto, who gives the right signals at the right time, putting percussive accents to the indeed difficult music. At first I was surprised when I saw the name King Crimson pop up at some jazz festivals, but once you put your teeth in this album you know that KC is never far away from the originality and technicality of jazz. As with jazz, this isn't the kind of CD you put on whilst you're doing a myriad of other things. This music demands full concentration. Throughout the years these guys have also learned heaps where studio techniques are concerned, so what they offer you is the best result they can obtain in a studio today.

The opening section for "Elektrik" sounds so simple, but if you know KC then you can bet your socks something difficult will follow it. As predicted we're absolutely right because a more complex rhythm sporting lots of Fripp delight follows it. On one hand you get the dark sounding, aggressive rhythm, on the other hand the fragile nature of Fripp's guitar. Like electricity ("Elektrik") you can't see it but it's definitely there ... and very dangerous! Mastelotto perfectly illustrates his talented skills where timing is concerned during the short "Facts Of Life (Intro)" followed in its footsteps by the fierce "Facts Of Life," with once again damned powerful drumming by Pat. "The Power To Believe II" takes us back to the east where the atmosphere is set by means of authentic acoustic percussion, resulting in a kind of meditation. It's a fantastic composition with layer after layer of superb music, as if it concerns multiple layers of varnish covering a valuable piece of antique. "Dangerous Curves" is an ingenious piece of music that builds and builds, gaining more and more power as time evolves, and kind of exploding towards the end.

In order to make the wait for the new album a little more bearable, the band issued Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With as a single [as an "ep" ?ed]. King Crimson issuing singles is not what I would call perfect marketing, but then again they probably knew all along that the new album would take much longer than expected. The song isn't really representative of the album, either but as a "shock effect" in small circles, maybe it could have done the trick. When I compare this track with the rest of the material on offer here, I tend to skip this track altogether and get on with the "real" stuff! With "The Power To Believe III" it's as if we're heading back to the band's Red period. Again we get great timing from Mastelotto, who at one time slows down his rhythm drastically. The album closes with "Coda," based on some wonderful soundscapes. No doubt a difficult album, but then again we wouldn't want Crimson to deliver anything else would we? Certainly from a technical point of view, both composition and recording wise, The Power To Believe outshines a lot of releases. However, the difficult nature of it all might not directly translate the genius into healthy salesfigures.

War and peace on CD. No doubt Tolstoy would be pleased!

The Power To Believe I: A Cappella (0:44) / Level Five (7:17) / Eyes Wide Open (4:08) / Elektrik (7:59) / Facts Of Life: Intro (1:38) / Facts Of Life (5:05) / The Power To Believe II (7:43) / Dangerous Curves (6:42) / Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With (3:17) / The Power To Believe III (4:09) / The Power To Believe IV: Coda (2:29)

Adrian Belew ? guitar and vocals
Robert Fripp ? guitar
Trey Gunn ? Warr guitar, fretless Warr guitar
Pat Mastelotto ? traps and buttons
Todd Faulkner - voice sample

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In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970)
Lizard (1970)
Islands (1971)
Earthbound (1972)
Larks' Tongues In Aspic (1973)
Starless & Bible Black (1974)
Red (1974)
USA (1975)
Young Person's Guide To King Crimson (1976)
Discipline (1981)
Beat (1982)
3 Of A Perfect Pair (1984)
The Compact King Crimson (1987)
Frame By Frame, Vol 1: 1969-1974 (JP) (1991)
Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson (1991)
The Great Deceiver, Vol. 1 (Live 1973-1974) (1992)
The Great Deceiver, Vol. 2 (Live 1973-1974) (1992)
The Concise King Crimson (1993)
Vroom (1995)
Thrak (1995/2002)
B'Boom: Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina (1995)
Thrakattak (1996)
Epitaph, Vols. 1-2 (1997)
Epitaph, Vols. 3-4 (1997) Night Watch (1998)
Space Groove (1998)
Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal 1984 ()
Live At The Marquee, 1969 (1998)
Live At Jacksonville, 1972 (1998)
Live At The Jazz Cafe (1998)
Live Groove (JP) (1999)
Live At Cap D'Agde, 1982 (1999)
On Broadway: Live In NYC 1995 (1999)
West Coast Live (JP) (1999)
Masque (JP) (1999)
Live In San Francisco: The Roar Of P4 (1999)
The VROOOM Sessions, 1994 (1999)
21st Century Schizoid Man (JP) (1999)
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol. 1 (JP) (1999)
Essential King Crimson (1999)
The Deception Of The Thrush (UK) (1999)
The Projekcts (UK) (1999)
Live At Summit Studios: Denver, 03/12/1972 (JP) (2000)
Live In Central Park, NYC '74 (2000)
The Construkction Of Light (2000)
Discipline: Live At Moles Club, Bath 1981 (2000)
Heavy Construkction [Live] (2000)
Live At Plymouth, 1971 (2000)
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997 (2000)
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol 2 (JP) (2000)
A Beginner's Guide To Projekcts (JP) (2000)
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol 3 (2000)
A Beginners' Guide To King Crimson Collectors' Club (2000)
Live In Mainz 1974 (2001)
Live In Berkeley, CA 1982 (2001)
Projekct Two: Live In Northampton, MA July 1, 1998 (2001)
Live In Detroit, MI 1971 (2001)
Vrooom Vrooom (2001)
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol 4 (JP) (2001)
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol 6 (2001)
Shoganai (2002)
Live In Nashville, TN 2001 (2002)
Live At The Zoom Club, 1972 (2002)
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Ladies Of The Road [Live] (2002)
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Projekct One: Jazz Cafe Suite (2003)
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Live At Fillmore East, 1969 (2004)
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The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson, Vol 1: 1969-1974 (2004)
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol 8 (2004)
Live In Heidelberg, 1974 (2005)
Live In Warsaw, 2000 (2005)
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson, Vol 2: 1981-2003 (2005)
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Cirkus: The Young Person's Guide To King Crimson (2006)
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The Condensed 21st Century Guide To King Crimson: 1969-2003 (2006)
Live In Alexandria, VA 2003 (2007)
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Collectors' Box, Vol 2: 1971-1972 (2007)
Collectors' Box, Vol 3: 1972-1974 (2007)
Collectors' Box, Vol 4: 1981-1982 (2007)
Collectors' Box, Vol 5: 1995 & After (2007)
Live In New York, NY 1982 (2008)
The Collectable King Crimson, Vol 3: Live In London, Pts. 1-2 1996 (2008)
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Collectable King Crimson, Vol 4 (2009)

The Noise: Live At Frejus '82 (DVD) (1985)
Live In Japan 1995 (DVD) (1996)
Deja Vroom (DVD) (1999)
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Neal And Jack And Me: Live 1982-1984 (DVD) (2004)
Inside: 1972-1975 (DVD) (2005)
In Concert, Tokyo 1995 (DVD) (2009)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: October 19th 2003
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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