King Crimson - Lizard
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1970 Ratings: #67 / 103
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1970 Ratings: #59
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December 11, 1970 / Release Date
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Discography Diaries #7: King Crimson
Album #3: Lizard
Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Date: 08/09/2020
Time: 2:30 PM

Moving on with my dive through King Crimons discography we have the bands 3rd album, Lizard. The bands last 2 albums have been brilliant starts to their catalogue and all I would hope is that Lizard would be another good addition to their discography. So not much else to say from here, after listening to Lizard I can say that I have criticisms for it but I think it's a ... read more
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
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
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


Yet another King Crimson album that just sliiiiiiiiightly shrinks on me upon a proper listen on Spotify. While I have a lot of respect for Lizard, with such a short tracklist, just ONE misstep and it's a significant downgrade from the other 70's KC albums. And, unfortunately, I find Indoor Games to be pretty unnecessary filler. With a 23-minute long closing track, you could have just cut that one out and kept the tracklist at four songs. Instead, we have four songs ranging from good to ... read more
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