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Robert Fripp — The Gates of Paradise
(DGM DGM9608, 1997, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1999-01-01

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Here is the next installment in Robert Fripp’s ongoing Soundscapes series, except this one is surprisingly dull. Here we have a full length disc on which Fripp explores precisely one (1) guitar texture, subject to the usual loops and Frippertronics, with all of the inventive playing techniques we’ve come to expect from him. Problem is, this really goes nowhere emotionally, seeming to be a very academic exercise overall, void of heart and soul, just going through a lot of the motions. Frankly this writer is of the opinion that Fripp, and the whole Crimson gang, are currently stuck in a quantity-not-quality mode, releasing way too much mediocre junk (most of the hyperextended Projekct Two 2CD set comes to mind as well) that would have better been left on the cutting room floor. Fripp is certainly capable of better than this, as his earlier November Suite would quickly illustrate. Let’s hope that this one’s just an off night.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 16, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Robert Fripp

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