Wednesday, January 01, 2014

You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette

'Exposure' from 1979 remains perennial guitar wizard and King Crimson head honcho Robert Fripp's most accessible and realised solo album, despite its dizzying range of styles and anti-establishment demeanour. The most immediately remarkable thing about 'Exposure' is that Fripp managed to orchestrate so many diverse musical references, taking in everything from streamlined punk and pop balladry to spoken-word pieces and glam-rock, and forging them into a cohesive and fluent whole. However, artistic qualities aside, what is even more surprising about 'Exposure' is how Fripp managed to inject healthy doses of wry humour into the proceedings, tempering its inherent experimental artistry with underhanded commentary about the state of the music industry. Check out one of the highlights from 'Exposure', the superbly titled 'You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette', a deliberately chaotic, punkish number that features an untypically raucous vocal contribution from mainstream-pop crooner Daryl Hall.


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