I didn't even know King Crimson still existed when I bought this 1995 album - it was a complete surprise to find it on sale. At the beginning and end are two heavy instrumentals in the same style as "Red" but with two guitars, two basses and two drummers. Although they are similar to "Red", "Red" is really a genre in itself and deserves a revisit. (You will find more of the same type of composition, but of a more complex type, on the 2000 and 2003 albums, "The ConstruKction of Light" and "The Power To Believe" respectively.) There are also two exquisite ballads harking back to "Matte Kudusai" and two rather more conventional funky rock songs. To some extent the other tracks are background filler, but as a whole the album has a very strong, dark presence. The two later albums mentioned above are even better, featuring as they do some of the best guitar and Stick playing ever, but do suffer slightly from the absence of the supremely on-the-beat Bill Bruford. If you like this album, you must also get the contemporary DVD "Deja Vrooom" which is absolute heaven for any fan of KC or rock guitar and composition in general. "Thrak" marks a three-way turning point between the "Larks' Tongues" band, the lighter "Discipline" line-up and the heaviest-of-all sound of the 21st century Crim.