Three of a Perfect Pair

King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair
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1984 Ratings: #70 / 97
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1984 Ratings: #49
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March 27, 1984 / Release Date
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And so the King Crimson 80s new-wave era has come to an end. While I don't think this is as bad as Beat, I still think this is one of the weaker outings from the group.

I thought that, as a whole, this album works a lot. It's a lot better than their previous release, but it's definitely one of their worse projects that I've heard. Still, it says a lot about them that one of their worst projects is still a 7/10. I feel like this is very much a mixed album in terms of quality. The tracks that I ... read more
As a farewell to the new wave era for King Crimson, "Three of a Perfect Pair" does a pretty good job. Sure, it will never live up to the other iterations' efforts, but the highlights are really high and the closer, which is yet another part of "Larks' Tongues In Aspic", is a great way to cap it off. It stands as one of their weaker albums, but even then it's still solid.

Fav Tracks: Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Pt. III; Sleepless; Model Man; Three of a Perfect Pair; Nuages ... read more
'Three of a Perfect Pair' redresses the issues of its predecessor for the most part; when it aims for catchy it actually succeeds more often than not, and the experimentation is agreeably bizarre and ear catching if nothing else.

After taking a short break from the King Crimson marathon, I thought the perfect album to pick back up on would be the one I knew was the weakest out of the three left. Three of a Perfect Pair is nowhere near as uninspiring as Beat, but I find it hard to think of a scenario in which I'd want to listen to this over another King Crimson record. Even if I wanted new wave KC, I'd just go for Discipline. Don't get me wrong, though, Three of a Perfect Pair is still a good album, even by this ... read more

I believe that this is the best of the 80s King Crimson trilogy. With a more interesting and less one dimensional tracklist, this album accomplishes what the other two were trying to do in the first place. This is the most eclectic 80s KC, with more influences coming from ambient, new wave, and progressive pop. It's an all around more enjoyable listen.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds), Three of a Perfect Pair, Man with an Open Heart, Model Man, ... read more
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