Sunday All Over the World - Kneeling At The Shrine

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Originally released: 1991


  • Toyah Willcox (vocals)
  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • Trey Gunn (stick, vocals)
  • Paul Beavis (drums, percussion)



All tracks by SAOTW except Freedom (Fripp/Willcox)

  • 4'06 Sunday All Over The World
  • 2'54 Blood Bruise Tattoo
  • 5'00 Kneeling At The Shrine
  • 2'30 Don't Take It Away
  • 4'18 Transient Joy
  • 3'36 Open Air
  • 3'12 Strange Girls
  • 3'11 If I Were A Man
  • 3'08 Answered With A Smile
  • 3'29 Storm Angel
  • 7'57 Freedom


Reviews are listed in chronological order within each section. Please retain a chronological order when adding new reviews.

Entire Release

Date Submitted: 28-Aug-98
By: Jeff Chaplin (jechapli at Mobility dot com)

"I really like it. Toyah's vocals are sublime."

Date Submitted: 4-Nov-98
By: Jessi (oppepper at earthlink dot net)

"Here's a concise, track by track review of "Kneeling at the Shrine". It's a very worthwhile release that has several gems within it.

"1. "Sunday all over the World" - A standout track. Great Stick and cross-picked guitar work and a fine drum part. Fripp shows admirable restraint on his guitar solo.

"2. "Blood Bruise Tattoo" - A cool, gliding composition. Great vocals and an outstanding Fripp guitar solo.

"3. "Kneeling at the Shrine" - A nice atmospheric piece. Nicely effected Fripp guitar and a propulsive Gunn Stick part.

"4. "Don't take it away" - A more mainstream piece that features Fripp's inventive rhythm work. Angelic vocals from Toyah.

"5. "Transient Joy" - This is a darker piece with an octave-driven Stick part. Fripp's solo is a classic. Very mercurial.

"6. "Open Air" - This is an outstanding piece. Dark and brooding, it features nice Fripp picking.

"7. "Strange Girls" - An odd, dissonant intro gives way to a dramatic vocal.

"8. "If I were a man" - Ironic lyrically, this piece could have been the "single" of the album. Great vocals.

"9. "Answered with a smile" - A mainstream song with a bouncing Stick part.

"10. "Storm Angel" - A Fripp showcase! He displays astounding picking technique on this one. A wonderfully aggressive piece. Stick and drums are inventive as well as supportive. Fripp unleashes a stunning solo that sounds like a cross between Holdsworth and Vernon Ried. Jaw-dropping.

"11. "Freedom" - A somber conclusion to a particularly somber album. A beautiful piece with understated instrumentation.

""Kneeling at the Shrine" would make a fine addition to a Fripp collection. The album has great playing, inventive sounds and vocals, fine tunes. It would be very interesting to hear the live version of the band. Fripp has the tapes so who knows..."

Date Submitted: 31-Oct-99
By: John Spokus (Originalwtk at aol dot com)

"I remember anticipating the release of "Kneeling At The Shrine" back in a few years of "dark ages" with no new Crimson release to get excited over. On my first couple of listens I was a little dissapointed (especially because I thought Trey Gunn was no Tony Levin) but then I got it on about the third or fourth listen. I'm usually not crazy about female vocals in my prog rock (unless it's Annie Haslam[simply the best] or Sonja Kristina) but Toya sounds great. The final track is a masterpiece that could have been great Crimson in any era. Truly a fine overlooked (sadly forgotten or never heard by most people I know) album."

Date Submitted: 27-Mar-02
By: Steven Clements (steven_clements at telus dot net)

"I don't know if you want to post this... but this has to be one of the weakest releases I've heard. I should have listened to it prior to buying it. I've tried. 3 listens... nothing innovative nothing inspiring and... well I guess I'm certainly not a fan of Toyah's voice on this.

"One to avoid - but KC and Fripp have lots to pick from."