Friday, August 27, 2010

King Crimson - The ConstruKction of Light

5/10

The ConstruKction of Light heralds another lineup change, where Bruford and Levin departed, leaving the band as a regular four-piece. That didn't have a whole lot of impact on the band's sound, although the mix isn't quite as active with just one rhythm section. If anything, ConstruKction suffers from the same flaw as Three of a Perfect Pair- the material is just too derivative. "Fractured" gets a re-working as "FraKctured," in addition to a fourth part to Larks' Tongues in Aspic. Neither of these tracks do much to justify their existence- why bother rehashing songs that were perfectly fine in their original forms?
Another major flaw on the album is that Mastelotto's drums are electronic and very fake-sounding, making one pine for the day's of Bruford's wanky but natural style. The fake drums just give the whole album a very "industrial" feel, which I've never been a fan of. The rest of the band isn't particularly inspired, either, but the drums are just rancid.
I felt that the strongest tracks on the album were the non-instrumentals "ProzaKc Blues" and "The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Wax Museum" The former uses vocal filters to great effect, turning Belew's performance into a hilarious "wacky negro voice," and the band's take on the traditional blues form is a riot, while the latter is another good song in the funk-metal vein like some of the stuff on THRAK.
The ConstruKction of Light just isn't very good; it's harsh without being intriguingly so, and there's a lot of boring spaces. It's not the worst studio album by King Crimson, (that dubious honor would have to go to Islands) but it can be easily skipped.

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