King Crimson - Beat
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1982 Ratings: #65 / 138
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1982 Ratings: #61
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June 18, 1982 / Release Date
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Discography Diaries #7: King Crimson
Album #9: Beat
Genre: Progressive Rock, New Wave
Date: 14/09/2020
Time: 6:30 PM

The next album in my dive through King Crimsons discography is their 9th album, Beat. So the last album Discipline saw the band adapt to the sounds of New Wave that was dominating at the time and they manage pull off another brilliant album, so all I'd hope is that they'd continue to strive in this new sound or improve on it and hopefully keep going with a very consistent ... read more
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
Perhaps my least favorite King Crimson [KC] LP, or is it the one I least listen to? Why do you ask? I'll tell you why. Adrian Belew is goofy. However, with Bill Bruford and Tony Levin present and alongside Robert Fripp you end up with a couple of decent tracks and a couple of commercial sounding goofiness attributable to... [Pauses & leans into the screen] Well? You got it. Goofy Belew! The back catalog is finally streaming so have at it, bruvs. Don't be shy. Subscribe so you can give it a ... read more
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Added on: April 14, 2014