The Power to Believe

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The Power to Believe
Studio album by King Crimson
Released February 24, 2003
Genre Progressive rock, progressive metal, experimental rock
Length 51:11
Label Sanctuary
Producer King Crimson and Machine
King Crimson chronology
Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With
The Power to Believe
EleKtrik: Live in Japan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
nowamuzyka 4/5 stars[3]

The Power to Believe is the thirteenth studio album by the band King Crimson released in 2003, a companion to the preceding mini-album Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With (2002). It confirms the band's return to more diverse songwriting and instrumentation, with a greater reliance on space and Soundscapes and with Mastelotto using more ProjeKCt-style percussion textures fused with natural rock drum kits. Songs such as "EleKtrik" and "Dangerous Curves" fuse 1970s, 1980s and 21st century Crimson styles with ProjeKct experimentation and influences from contemporary alternative and progressive music such as Nine Inch Nails, Porcupine Tree and Tool (with whom the band toured in 2001), the album running the gamut from metal to ambient.

Alternative versions of "Eyes Wide Open" and "Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With" can be found on the Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With EP.

The album reached number one hundred and fifty in the Billboard 200 and Top Internet Albums charts.[4]


Both Level Five and Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With acted as work-in-progress reveals for the album, which Fripp described as "the culmination of three years of Crimsonising". The album incorporated reworked and/or retitled versions of "Deception of the Thrush" ("The Power to Believe III") and four of the EP tracks, plus a 1997 Soundscape with added instrumentation and vocals ("The Power to Believe: Coda"). Lyrics from an Adrian Belew solo song ("All Her Love is Mine") act as a linking theme across the four parts of the title track.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Power to Believe I: A Cappella"   Belew 0:44
2. "Level Five"   (instrumental) 7:17
3. "Eyes Wide Open"     4:08
4. "Elektrik"   (instrumental) 7:59
5. "Facts of Life (Intro)"   (instrumental) 1:38
6. "Facts of Life"     5:05
7. "The Power to Believe II: Power Circle"     7:43
8. "Dangerous Curves"   (instrumental) 6:42
9. "Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With"     3:17
10. "The Power to Believe III: Deception of the Thrush"     4:09
11. "The Power to Believe IV: Coda"   Fripp 2:29
Total length:


Mastering by Simon Heyworth, David Singleton & Robert Fripp at The White House (Super Audio Mastering), Chagford, Devon.

Cover artwork from Fin de Siecle by P.J. Crook  ; design : Hugh O'Donnell


Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard 200 150[4]
2003 Billboard Top Internet Albums 150[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "The Power to Believe - King Crimson | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Fricke, David. "King Crimson: The Power To Believe : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Barnas, Daniel. "King Crimson - The Power To Believe". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Power to Believe - King Crimson | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 9 November 2013.