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College Music Journal NOVEMBER 10, 2000 - by Rich Frank
ROBERT FRIPP: EXPOSURE
The former leader of King Crimson has finally released a bonafide solo album, after various collaborations and production jobs with David Bowie, Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel. Exposure incorporates Fripp's post-Crimson experiences (musical and otherwise) and moves one step beyond Crimson's limitations. According to Fripp's liner notes, Exposure was supposed to be the third in a trilogy comprised of Daryl Hall's unreleased Sacred Songs and Peter Gabriel II. Fripp, being big on trilogies, will instead follow it with his own Frippertronics and Discotronics. All formalities aside, the strength of this album lies in its musical depth and diversity. The album opens with You Burn Me Up I'm A Cigarette, an essential rocker sung by Daryl Hall. Pieces reminiscent of latter day King Crimson include the coarsely elegant Breathless, as well as Urban Landscape. Among the lighter, more melodic songs are North Star, also sung by Hall, and Mary, utilizing the voice of Terry Roche. Both exhibit Fripp's neglected "sensitive" persona well. Peter Hammill provides lead vocals on several songs including Disengage and Chicago. Curious are the remakes of the title track (originally appearing on Peter Gabriel II), and Here Comes The Flood, with a sparser arrangement than on the first Gabriel LP. Assorted Frippertronics (a tape loop system developed by Eno) abound throughout, showcased in Water Music I and II. Along with those mentioned above, Phil Collins, Brian Eno, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta also appear on the album. Fripp has the ability to use each vocalist in a different context and make it flow. Listen for partially obscured dialogue during and between cuts. Fripp informs us in the beginning that the album is "very commercial," then ends by telling us, by phone, that "it's all a hoax." Exposure is no hoax.