AOTY 2019
King Crimson - Lizard
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1970 Ratings: #46
December 11, 1970 / Release Date
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thejacktackshac
80
Album cover designer: Gini Barris
considered by Will Romano to be "One of the era's most beautifully strange pieces of album cover artwork"

The third album in the King Crimson discography, "Lizards", is an album that was released the same year as their sophomore effort "In the Wake of Poseidon" and boasts significantly more complicated musical ideas throughout including jazz fusion and avante-garde jazz, traditional progressive rock crimson themes, and a ... read more
JustSomeGuy
71
Lizard shows another dip in quality for King Crimson. Honestly, I think that for this album it's more of the fact that the track listing is so short that a few really forgettable songs really damage the rest of the album.

There were only two songs which I really loved: Cirkus - the opener - and the title track - the closer. I also thought that Lady Of The Dancing Water was a good track, but with it being the shortest on the album, it's barely even noteworthy. Cirkus was such a fun track and a ... read more
Plats
60
Ugh. I hate to say it, but "Lizard" feels so WEAK compared to their other two releases. There are those two amazing songs, "Cirkus" and the title track and “Lady of the Dancing Water” which is... alright. But there are also those two tracks in the middle that either feel like dull filler or just outright awfully-produced.

Fav Tracks: Lizard, Cirkus

Least Fav Tracks: Happy Family, Indoor Games

Score:
6
Fine
TreyLikesBands
78
Good

I find that Indoor Games and Happy Family are forgettable, and the only tracks on here that I don't usually return to. Other than those tracks, I really enjoy this album! Cirkus is one of the best opening tracks from a KC album, Lady of the Dancing Water is a beautiful little break and interlude, and the behemoth of a track Lizard rivals that of all progressive as a whole, bringing in different genres for each section.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: Lizard, Cirkus, Lady of the Dancing ... read more
Charlie99
83
This album can be very confusing on first listen, but repeated listens reward the listener. This album doesn’t live up to the bands first two albums, but it’s still a great effort, combining prog rock with elements of jazz. The 23 minute title track (Featuring Jon Anderson of Yes) really saves this album, as the other tracks kind of lose me; they aren’t as strong as the epic title track and kind of fall flat on their instrumental noodling. Despite this, this album is still a ... read more
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