September 11, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Absent Lovers

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues
We gave it a B-

This King Crimson 1984 Montreal concert is rife with the sort of crafty guitar extrapolations and fusion-damaged exhibitionism that led many to dismiss the group’s efforts as highbrow head music. But even if your taste runs to less esoteric fare, there’s no denying that the two-disc Absent Lovers is as weird and rarefied as larks’ tongues in aspic. You just know some cutting-edge DJ will sample this stuff sooner or later. B-

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