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Two worlds meet...
Manny Hernandez | Bay Area, CA | 03/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As much as I can see this album being a marriage of two rather distinct styles, with pieces delving into two different areas, I don't see it as weak, or laking coherence, as other reviewers find.One side of the equation is made up of Bach and baroque explorations by Fripp's quintet. Whoever deems Bach's music as ambient or soft, simply needs to go back to the drawing board, specially because we're talking scales which in most cases were meant for keyboards, not for strings, taking the pieces to a totally new level of complexity (something that Fripp has never ran away from).The other component of the album sounds more like your typical straight-up King Crimson type of haunted material, where there's a healthy dose of "high speed persecution" feel and paranoia built into the music (not the best combination to drive under stress, for example, but an excellent pumper-upper). However, without the rhythm backbone of KC, with strings alone, the music takes on an altogether different spirit: while it retains its darkness, it has a body that you can certainly touch and feel more comfortable with.My favorite being the third track ("Hope"), which combines a bit of both worlds, with some scales on top of classic Fripp soundscapes, this 'solo' work by one of rock's biggest experimenters is a highly recommended album for prog rock fans and music adventurers at large as well."
JG Miller's Album of the Week No. 4
JG Miller | Demorest, Georgia | 11/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This unique collection will not necessarily work for everyone and I should immediately confess that I am especially fond of Robert Fripp's guitar work, a prominent feature of this album. I tend to think of this as experimental music and much of it is, but the presence of three pieces by J.S. Bach, played not all that radically far from Bach's intentions, belies that as a general characterization. Most of it was recorded live during 1993 public performances but it does not sound like a live album. Post-performance overdubs have been added, one of the Bach tracks was recorded in its entirety in the studio, and there is no annoying crowd noise. Describing what the material sounds like is challenging because electronics are employed to expand the kinds of sounds electric guitars can make. At times one is convinced of the presence of keyboards, harpsichords even, but they just are not there. The music is often rhythmically intense and emotionally bright: The quintet sound like they are having fun. But then we have the closing track, "Threnody for Souls in Torment" which is 13 agonizing minutes of arrhythmic, atonal desolation, while "Hope" provides a rhythmically muted and tender passage with a subtle (and I think clever) melodic hook. The subdued "Blue" contains a direct reference to the song "Starless", a King Crimson gem from that band's 1974 album Red. I bought The Bridge Between when it was released in 1993 having never heard a note and have never regretted the purchase. Taken as a whole, it sounds unlike anything else that I own and I hear something new each time I play it. Frippertronics, as defined by Fripp, is "that musical experience resulting at the interstice of Robert Fripp and a small, mobile and appropriate level of technology, vis. his guitar, Frippelboard and two Revoxes". At least that's how he defined it in January of 1980 in the liner notes to his solo album God Save the Queen. Whatever it was in 1993 seems to make its most obvious (and ominous) appearance on the threnody. Lams, Richards and Moriya perform and record together as the California Guitar Trio. Fripp and Gunn represent one-half of the current line-up of King Crimson. The Quintet material was recorded during the year prior to the re-emergence of King Crimson in 1994, the so-called double trio lineup that also included Gunn.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Demorest, Georgia"Fortunately, it is not in the nature of music to hide from those who wish to hear it, nor from those who hope to give it voice. The benevolence of the musical impulse is greater than we can know, and sometimes more than we can bear." (Robert Fripp)"
Interesting but weak concept
rubidium84 | Ft. Calhoun, NE | 02/13/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you can imagine the sound of the 1980's King Crimson - full of minimalist guitar counterpoint and powerful bass lines - played with acoustic guitars, you might have a good idea of what half of this album sounds like. Unfortunately, the other half of the record seems to wander, dipping into Bach transcriptions, "ambient"-style mood pieces, and industrial noise. It's as if Fripp & Co. had plans for two or three seperate albums, but not enough material, so they jammed all of their stuff onto one disc. It might be a little more tolerable if the pieces were arranged better - The minimalist stuff at the start, then all the Bach pieces together, then the ambient stuff, and then (if at all) the Threnody. The Threnody seems to have nothing to do with the rest of the album - it just hangs out at the end, annoyingly. Maybe a little editing was in order.But the disc does have some really good songs on it - the opener, for instance, is a great showcase for the individual member's talents, and "Hope" is a truly beautiful song, even if it does seem to drag. And where else will you hear a Bach organ work played on the Grand Stick? If you are familiar with Fripp's 90s work and enjoy his soundscape pieces, you will probably like this disc. But for everyone else, I would recommend listening to the record before buying, as it is a little hard to get into."