AllMusic said: “The ’80s version of King Crimson (Robert Fripp, guitar; Adrian Belew, vocals/guitar; Tony Levin, bass; and Bill Bruford, drums) retains the then-modern new
wave sound introduced on ‘Discipline’. King Crimson’s Beat will automatically appeal
to other musicians. But since they’re fantastic songwriters as well, you don’t have to be
a virtuoso to feel the passion of their music.” Score: 4./5.
TUTV: Probably the most accessible prog-rock kings of their prog-rock generation.
Band: KING CRIMSON Who: Prog rock legends from London featuring Robert Fripp, John Wetton (Roxy Music / Uriah Heep), Bill Brufford (Yes / Genesis) Active: 1968–1974, 1981–1984, 1994–2003,
2008–2009, 2013–present / 13 studio LPs
Anniversary album: ISLANDS – 4th LP Released: 3 December 2021 – 50 years ago
AllMusic said: “The weakest Crimson studio album from
their first era is only a real disappointment in relation to the
extraordinarily high quality of the group’s earlier efforts.”
Full review here. Score: 2.5/5.
Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote: “A more muddled
conceptually than In the Court of the Crimson King. They’re not afraid
to be harsh, they command a range of styles, and their dynamics jolt
rather than sledgehammer”.