Starless and Bible Black

King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
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Based on 85 ratings
1974 Ratings: #31
March 29, 1974 / Release Date
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The "it just works" gang go for an improvised, jazzier approach on "Starless And Bible Black". It works well most of the time but there are some points where it kind of meanders. The last couple of tracks are quite spectacular, though.

Fav Tracks: The Great Deceiver, Fracture, Starless And Bible Black, The Night Watch

Least Fav Track: The Mincer

Starless and bible black is strangely enough King Crimson’s most Jazz-focused album to date. The first half is pretty great if I do say so myself, but the second half was just meh, I mean, it isn’t bad, just found it kinda boring. If the second half was more entertaining, I think I score it a little higher, but I’m gonna leave it that.
While this album isn't my favourite from King Crimson, I do think this is one of their more underrated album.

I have some mixed feelings on this album. I do think that most of the track list is great. I liked the opener The Great Deceiver and I thought that it set the tone of the album very well. It proved to me that this would be their most avant-garde album that I've heard, and it was. I also really loved all of the instrumental tracks on here. We'll Let You Know, the title track, and the ... read more

Starless and Bible Black was the only King Crimson album I didn't originally feature on my King Crimson ranked list, mainly because I was never able to listen to it in full. However, I'm so glad I listened to it now that it's on Spotify--I almost skipped on it because I heard some people say it was mixed really poorly on the Spotify version (according to some person on some forum, it sounded like it was compressed multiple times as if it were being stretched in MS Paint). And while ... read more
Basically King Crimson going nuts on a more avant-garde and different record, with tons of experimentation and improvisation but without losing their characteristic progressive sound, I loved this album for the most part, I was instantly cautivated by the more free and adventurous sound, while it's not KG's more ambitious or consistent work, since it's certainly a mix of some loose studio recordings and live jams, it still manages to give the listener a trippy, unique and mesmerizing ... read more
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#94/Pitchfork (1970s)

Track List

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Lament
  3. We'll Let You Know
  4. The Night Watch
  5. Trio
  6. The Mincer
  7. Starless and Bible Black
  8. Fracture
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