King Crimson - Beat
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1982 Ratings: #46 / 124
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1982 Ratings: #32
June 18, 1982 / Release Date
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There are only a few interesting moments on "Beat". The rest of the album is just wannabe new wave music. Also, of course the longest track has to be the best on the record.

Fav Tracks: Requiem, Neurotica, The Howler

Least Fav Tracks: Heartbeat, Sartori In Tangier


This is a horrible fucking review. I'm outta here.
Nine albums into these guys' discography, and we get the first album from them that genuinely bores me. The fact that there are so little artists who can even go five albums without making a few duds show how great King Crimson is. The ninth album in their discography is the first one which I can call 'not too great', but it still isn't bad.

But yeah, this album bored the hell out of me. In Beat, they did something that I never would have guessed they would have done: they went full on ... read more

As we approach the last four King Crimson albums on our journey, I thought we might as well get the whatever one out of the way. Beat is, in my opinion, the weakest King Crimson album. It isn't bad at all; in fact, by most new wave bands' standards, this would be great. But this is King Crimson we're talking about here, a band responsible for some of the greatest prog albums ever made. In The Court of the Crimson King? Starless and Bible Black? Red? All legendary, but Beat just kind of ... read more

I feel like there's more to listen for on this album: psychically with the amount of songs lol, but emotionally, with more feeling from Belew's voice. The overall instrumentation is simplified from Discipline, and it's a more easy and enjoyable listen. That being said, some tracks on here are utterly forgettable and pointless, and they could've actually executed them a little more interestingly.

Color: Blue
FAV TRACKS: Two Hands, Neal and Jack and Me, Heartbeat, Waiting Man
After Discipline, I thought King Crimson would have learned from their mistakes, however I was very, very wrong. On Beat, King Crimson throws the little progressiveness they still had in their sound completely out the window and opt to make a pop/new wave album that just doesn't fit the band at all, and to add to that the stuff that is on this record is so bland and uninspired I wanted to fall asleep. This album does redeem it's self in a few places, as the first two tracks are pretty good and ... read more
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