I have no idea whether the 2015 Jakko Jakszyk/Robert Fripp remix is superior to the original mix or whether it's just coincidence that the album suddenly clicked when listening to the 2015 mix
Damn it's probably my 3rd favourite King Crimson album (after In The Court and Red)
The cross between Red era with Discipline era of King Crimson that almost seem to take the best of both world. The pop sensibility and rhythmic drive of Discipline era and the heaviness of Red. only the sole weak track of B'Boom prevented it from a higher rating. I like Discipline but the music sounds somewhat sterile/robotic at time. Thrak on the other hand with it's extra heaviness puts an emotional edge to the song.
Dinosaur is one of the all time great King Crimson song and is probably the greatest "grunge" song I've heard. Don't tell me that "Immm a dinosaur, somebody is digging my bones" doesn't sound like Alice in Chains. Kurt Cobain may not have been influenced by King Crimson despite what prog rock fans like to believe but I think this song show grunge influencing Crimson and Crimson transcending that influence.
Walking on Air is abeautiful ballad
People is a marvellous catchy pop song with a great Frippetronic sounding outro
Sex Sleep Eat Drink is a great hurky jerky riff surrounded by some marvellous guitar playing.
I'll also have to defend Vroom from the criticism from John Mc.
I have no idea why John Mc went on and on about the so-called "rip off" of Vroom. Calling it a rip off is like calling Mozart/Beethoven a rip off of Haydn for using sonata form. Yeah the structure is the same but the content is different and that's the most important thing. Also it's not like there's anything unique about the structure of Red. Red is basically a heavy/metal hard rock song with a verse/chorus middle 8 but with the vocals and melodic line muted. Red is a great instrumental because of the riffage not the structure and not the "dude, that's such a great idea, they must be geniuses for having though of it" factor. In fact the idea of Red on paper sounds like a bad idea (essentially it's a glorified backing track) but the execution with the excellent riffage made what should have been a piece of music that in all rights should have kinda sucked into something pretty great. In any case has a different mood and feel to Vroom, it's got a dancible bass line (reminds me of Bowie it's No game). The middle section has a highly melodic bass line over the appegio guitars rather than the middle section of Red which is more of an atmospheric break