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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22

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  1. ChristopherB
    Dec 9, 2003
    10
    Abolutely anything done by King Crimson or any of its current or past members deserves hours and hours of dedicated listening. Each member is a virtuoso, and when assembled together, the result is music that is progressive, mathematical, intense, impossible, sometimes geniusly improvised, other times geniusly compoed, yet melodic and emotional. This album is particularly heavy and Abolutely anything done by King Crimson or any of its current or past members deserves hours and hours of dedicated listening. Each member is a virtuoso, and when assembled together, the result is music that is progressive, mathematical, intense, impossible, sometimes geniusly improvised, other times geniusly compoed, yet melodic and emotional. This album is particularly heavy and industrial-like at times, picking up where Construction of Light left off. Expand
  2. FelixP
    Mar 16, 2003
    10
    This sees King Crimson re-appear in ways which confirm Fripp's instincts about when the band should experience a re-birth. It is of enormous power (somehow a necessary component of a highly troubled 2001-2003) and, at the same time, breathes softly to one in passages. Dangerous Curves has just got to be the most impressive, mesmeric work since Larks Tongues, Parts .... I thought This sees King Crimson re-appear in ways which confirm Fripp's instincts about when the band should experience a re-birth. It is of enormous power (somehow a necessary component of a highly troubled 2001-2003) and, at the same time, breathes softly to one in passages. Dangerous Curves has just got to be the most impressive, mesmeric work since Larks Tongues, Parts .... I thought I'd miss Bruford and Levin in the line-up (and in many ways I do, having been enormously entertained by their work in KC's past incarnations), but the maturity and integration of the new composition is very impressive indeed! A final point, I've not heard Belew's voice sounding better, or more sophisticated (raw energy is great, and he's long had it, but textures are even more so!!). Expand
  3. A.Iesi
    Jul 8, 2003
    10
    Powerfull and incredible sound
  4. julienb
    Aug 1, 2003
    10
    Sigh what can I say? ok nothing...
  5. LeonardoNoaNoa
    Dec 6, 2003
    9
    finally a great album by one of the greatest rock band ever, so many so-so albums since Discipline, and now, the real thing...
  6. MichaelG
    Apr 11, 2003
    9
    I just wish KC and Adrian's solo stuff were as popular as that pathetic Oasis crap. Then, the world would know what the difference is between talent and trash.
  7. tOaDF
    Apr 14, 2003
    8
    The best one since Discipline in my opinion.
  8. TJudgeson
    Aug 23, 2003
    9
    KC at their best, the state which is synonymous with the word powerful. Many should hear this, many should find this, many should experience this. Simply it's one of the best records this year.
  9. HippieBoy
    Feb 12, 2007
    9
    this is a really good album, although there are a few low points, or songs that don't work as good. The best part are the first 4 songs, then a medium song "Facts of life" then a funny/catchy/good song "Happy with what you have to be happy with" the rest is mostly ethereal music, with great highs and various lows. Definitely recommended for younger audience.
  10. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    Excellent album. Superb execution. The best effort since Discipline. "Level 5" is a masterwork that only Fripp can compose. Maybe this is not an album for the classic prog rock music fan. Sure it's an album for someone that appreciate good "outside the box" music of any genre.
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. This material is as inconsistent as anything off their past few records, but when they do hit upon a good moment, it tends to be really good.
  2. Blender
    60
    Crimson's current incarnation combines the sounds of previous editions, especially the early math-rock of the mid-'70s and the deft, Talking Heads-redolent Ph.D-funk of the early '80s. [#14, p.138]
  3. Disciplined, varied, and often mind-blowing playing.