The Power to Believe, King Crimson’s latest album to date, is now almost a decade old. There are occasional glimmers of life in the world of Crimson (most notably the 2008 40th Anniversary tour/victory lap, the Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins ProjeKct A Scarcity of Miracles, and the Crimson ProjeKct live band) but it’s entirely possible The Power to Believe will stand as the final statement (the epitaph, if you will) by this fascinatingly complex band.
The Power to Believe was released in March 2003, just as the U.S. launched its military operations in Iraq. Much of the music was composed during the 9/11 aftermath and the war in Afghanistan. Created in this climate, it’s not surprising that the music and the album cover are fittingly apocalyptic. Despite everything, the album title and some aspects of the artwork do provide hints of hope and new life to counterbalance the gloom.