Simply stunning. King Crimson are a band who continue to captivate me, because of rather than despite their willingness to get things wrong. Unlike pretty much any of the bands who flail away under the 'progressive' tag, King Crimson really do develop their sound and their ways of expressing it. And, sometimes, it doesn't work. But give me a band who'll stick their neck out in the pursuit of something new any day. When they find it, as they do on this astonishing album, it's more than worth it. Yes, some of the themes and motifs are familiar, and have been heard in embryonic form on a couple of recent releases: but this is as much to do with economics as anything. Essentially they release material at the time it's fresh, rather than saving it for a box set some years afterwards. And every now and then they'll take stock and capture the best of that material on a studio album, as they've done here. For me, The Power To Believe brings together different facets of King Crimson into one compelling and coherent package: music that exists somewhere between precise structure and group improvisation; an acceptance that light only exists in relation to dark, different moods of which coexist within their music, often in the same track; virtuosity in the service of music rather than the ego of any individual performer; a willingness to incorporate new technology and musical forms seamlessly into ongoing King Crimson concerns and styles; and a healthy sense of humour about what they're doing. This is a vital, compelling and powerful release from a band at the height of their powers, worth checking out if you're at all interested in music that pushes against boundaries to find an identity of its own. It's also hellish loud, guaranteed to upset people who think that music exists to provide a backdrop to dinner parties, and incorporates electronic rhythms and sampling into a live rock context with utter conviction.