Album #274 – Larks’ Tongues in Aspic

Album #274

Larks’ Tongues in Aspic is a stark contrast from In The Court of the Crimson King. Mellotrons have been replaced for the most part by a violin. The songs are more manic and rely less on dark, emotional themes. The rhythms here are much more diverse. Jazz, Funk, Classical, African, Latin and Blues are all represented here. I loved how on most of the tracks, such as Book of Saturday, the melody is interwoven into the complex rhythms. Some of the tracks on this album sound like pop songs with complexity. The only original member to play on this album is Robert Fripp. King Crimson became his band after Greg Lake left King Crimson for ELP in 1970.  With Lake’s departure, Classical influences have been traded in for jazz. I liked this album more than I thought I would. This album reminded me of music from an outer world and it almost seemed as if this music was coming from space. It fits in well with the space rock genre because of it’s outer worldliness but also because this album does not fit into the Progressive Rock mold. It brings something more complex, yet satisfying. This type of music was unlike anything the Prog Rock giants were doing at the time. Other highlights: Easy Money and The Talking Drum. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

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