The Power to Believe
|The Power to Believe|
|Studio album by King Crimson|
|Released||24 February 2003|
|Genre||Progressive rock, progressive metal, experimental rock|
|Producer||King Crimson and Machine|
|King Crimson chronology|
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.
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.
|1.||"The Power to Believe I: A Cappella"||Belew||0:44|
|3.||"Eyes Wide Open"||4:08|
|5.||"Facts of Life (Intro)"||(instrumental)||1:38|
|6.||"Facts of Life"||5:05|
|7.||"The Power to Believe II: Power Circle"||7:43|
|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|
- Robert Fripp – guitar
- Adrian Belew – guitar, vocals
- Trey Gunn – Warr guitars, Fretless Warr Guitar
- Pat Mastelotto – drums, electronic percussion
Cover artwork from Fin de Siecle by P. J. Crook; design by Hugh O'Donnell.
|2003||Billboard Top Internet Albums||150|
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