ProjeKct X - Heaven and Earth - Reviews

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Date Submitted: 9-May-00
By: Cirani Mauro (maucira at tin dot it)

"This is a great projekct album with the new projekct-lineup that is good, innovative and powerful."


Date Submitted: 15-Jul-00
By: James Sutherland (james.sutherland at ntlworld dot com)

"I am really surprised at the lack of response to this album. It is a perfect companion piece to 'ConstruKction'. Listen to this first and then 'ConstruKction' and see the progression, development. It is a coincidence that one of the best tracks on 'ConstruKction' is Heaven and Earth?"


Date Submitted: 18-Jul-00
By: Michael (michael at yaa dot com dot au)

"Fripp's language games and suspicious personal politics and philosophy aside .. with the projekcts - I thought that perhaps - this was the start of something contemporary, interesting and engaging - not entirely original or 'out there' - not quite uncharted (I reckon that the 'electric' Miles Davis etc .. have been there before) - but perhaps an unfamiliar terrian.

"Apart from the dullness of Projekct One (the drums located in the last century) the Projekcts have been just that - particularly 3 and 4. And now comes (X) which I think continues the richness of 3 & 4 - its just wonderful moody, spooky, beautiful, witty, intelligent, not annoying, stupid, ironic .. etc... everything that the abysmal snooze-fest of "Construction of Light" is not. Perhaps Fripp and co should have been brave enough to release this as a major release instead of COL.. but who am I to say... actually... once you put it out there folks - I can say what I like!"


Date Submitted: 1-Aug-00
By: Eric Armstrong (esarmstrong at earthlink dot net)

"If King Crimson is Dr. Jekyl then ProjeKct X is Mr. Hyde. By far and away this is the finest of the ProjeKects to date. Krimson improvising and flying all over the sky to the tune of some of the most foward sounding improvisations I have heard since John Cage. More, Please!"


Date Submitted: 23-Aug-00
By: Charlie K. (chaz at take3soft dot com)

"Review of Projekct X

"Fear no sound
"Fear no noise

"Fear no collection of sounds
"Fear no collection of noise

"Once you get past the shock of the sound of it, you see the brilliance of the Artistic Intent shining through.

"Tasteful to inebriated ears.
"Indeed inebriating."


Date Submitted: 29-Aug-00
By: Peter Shindler (shindler at mediaone dot net)

"I ordered the PX album as soon as I heard "Heaven and Earth" at the end of "The Construkction of Light." Listening to the full Projekct X album for the first time, I was absolutely stunned. I couldn't believe this was the same band that had just done TCoL; not to belittle that album, but these PX guys were light-years beyond Crimson. It may be heresy, but I really think this might be my favorite King Crimson release ever. If I had to describe the sound, I'd say it's "ambient drum-n-bass played in real-time by guys who can tear out in 17/16 at 150 bpm and have been listening to lots of John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, and John Zorn," but that really doesn't come close. Trey Gunn and Pat Mastellotto are the real stars here; listen to their sparse-yet-funky groove on "Maximizer," or the deeper-than-deep rumblings on "Superbottomfeeder," where Trey pulls out the most dead-on perfect bass tone in history. Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew's high-tech squalling and squealling is just the icing on the cake.

"This music is daring, unpredictable, fresh, and surprisingly fun to listen to. If only they could have seen fit to give this album a wider release. Maybe someday. For now, all I can do is hope that the North American tour will incorporate some of the ideas the boys played with when they recorded it."


Date Submitted: 7-Sep-00
By: David Freshman (DFresh0702 at aol dot com)

"This fine release covers many of the finest aspects of modern, dynamic improvisation. The tracks that seem to be true standouts are many, but since this is a short review, I will limit my comments to a few chosen favorites.

""Side Window" has a hypnotic feel that moves through some of the most sly scales that are imaginable. It almost sounds as though the music is materializing out of a cloud. The way that the song ends, with just the theme being played as a lone voice is truly haunting.

""Maximizer" is a song that is powerful, with a flow that is unrelenting. The playing on this track, as well as "Six O'Clock", is so in your face and strong that I find this material much more in the King Crimson vein. The humor is really nice to see with such a amazing group on players. It is very apparent to me that these guys really love to play together, and the music is straight from the heart!

""Superbottom Feeder" is one heck of a song also. The bass and drums push this song into a driving, riviting mode. The song doesn't let up, and one needs to step back as this song is also a face shredder.

"Overall, Projeckt X's "Heaven and Earth" is a wonderful companion to TCOL. I would love to see these guys tour as Projeckt X. I saw them as Projeckt Four two nights in Boulder, CO, and I must say that the playing, the humor, the style and passion that these guys show is truly wonderful thing to see. Especially in light of the sad state of music today. By the way, Robert Fripp is a very smart business man to set up DGM the way he did. When you have a quality product that is this remarkable, (King Crimson, all the Projeckts and Fripp, Gunn, Levin, BLUE..etc), the best thing to do is market it directly to the people that understand the focus of this music. Good job guys!!"


Date Submitted: 23-Oct-00
By: Peter Shindler (shindler at mediaone dot net)

"I ordered the PX album as soon as I heard "Heaven and Earth" at the end of "The Construkction of Light." Listening to the full Projekct X album for the first time, I was absolutely stunned. I couldn't believe this was the same band that had just done TCoL; not to belittle that album, but these PX guys were light-years beyond Crimson. It may be heresy, but I really think this might be my favorite King Crimson release ever. If I had to describe the sound, I'd say it's "ambient drum-n-bass played in real-time by guys who can tear out in 17/16 at 150 bpm and have been listening to lots of John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, and John Zorn," but that really doesn't come close. Trey Gunn and Pat Mastellotto are the real stars here; listen to their sparse-yet-funky groove on "Maximizer," or the deeper-than-deep rumblings on "Superbottomfeeder," where Trey pulls out the most dead-on perfect bass tone in history. Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew's high-tech squalling and squealling is just the icing on the cake.

"This music is daring, unpredictable, fresh, and surprisingly fun to listen to. If only they could have seen fit to give this album a wider release. Maybe someday. For now, all I can do is hope that the North American tour will incorporate some of the ideas the boys played with when they recorded it."


Date Submitted: 4-Nov-00
By: Michael Wenzler (wenzlerm at indiana dot edu)

"Have followed Mr. Fripp through all his disguises since 1970. Saw him live some years ago with the League and glimpsed heaven in precision. Fell in love with the Projekct box set, but was not moved, as I expected to be, by TCOL. Heaven and Earth is astounding. Music for today and tomorrow. A classic of angular ecstasy. We live in a wonderful time — when artists can capture power like this and distribute it directly to those of us who care. To all who labored on Project X, I say thank you."


Date Submitted: 29-Dec-00
By: Adam Mizelle (adammizelle at earthlink dot net)

"TCOL should have been a double album with Heaven and Earth as disc 2.

"Much like 3oaPP sixteen years before it, we would all find things to like as far as pop songs, improvs, and echoes of Krim history.

"Compared to the other ProjeKcts, PX freshens the mix of doom, ambience, and wierdness with two big greasy spoonfuls of F-U-N-K FUNK! The rhythm buddies positively GET DOWN on tracks like 'Superbottomfeeder' and 'Overhead Floor Mats Under Toe', and give the elder gents a shot in the arm. Both Fripp and Gunn seem absolutely taken with the bass players' role and often take turns supporting each other to great effect. Belew, of course, is fresh and flippant, even laying out some very classic sounding Krim riffs and going where Fripp won't allow himself to go (again, listen to 'Superbottomfeeder').

"Compared to other production efforts by Pat and Bill Munyon, this sounds less cut-and-paste and artistic than Masque, and less live than Heavy ConstruKction disc 3, but more fun than either. There seems to be no hesitation at taking something played during a jam and looping it for effect.

"King Crimson is alive and well and living in ProjeKct X!"


Date Submitted: 7-Mar-03
By: Esko Pohjoisaho (esko.pohjoisaho at mail dot suomi dot net)

"The more volume you got, the more pleasure you got. I had a little experience of the ProjeKcts, so I didn´t have problems with the noise, and I got along with this well. This CD does still need a lot of listening. There are few tracks above everything else, for example Heaven and earth and Overhead flood mats under toe. Just my opinion, though. I can´t get any negative feelings with this disc. No bad tracks, good audio quality, great new ideas, and it´s King crimson. ProjeKct X - Heaven and earth earns a great place in my CD tower. Sometimes I just have to listen to it. It has some kind of great feeling that takes me far away if I concentrate well. If you can find this from somewhere, go and get it. You won´t get disappointed if you like ProjeKcts even a bit."
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