"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut SEPTEMBER 2006 - by David Stubbs
ROBERT FRIPP: EXPOSURE
Ex-King Crimson guitarist's expanded solo album, originally intended as part of 'MOR trilogy'.
The editor of this organ, once looking to define confusion, settled on a conversation with Robert Fripp. Certainly, Fripp's sleeve-notes to this new edition of his first solo album don't shed much light on how he successfully made the transition between the pomp rock of King Crimson and hanging with pop-art punk types like Debbie Harry. Cryptic and densely self-contained as it is, Exposure is tough to place because of the range of its contributors, from Daryl Hall to Brian Eno. Musically, it's all things and none. On You Burn Me Up I'm A Cigarette, bar-room blues guitar are subverted by insidious tape interventions from Eno. On the title track and Water Music II, in contrast, the Frippertronics throb and flow in a way reminiscent of Fripp/Eno albums like No Pussyfooting.