The December edition of Mojo gives the new David Cross album, Closer Than Skin,a very positive three star review.
Veteran violinist returns with youthful new sound.
Ex-members of King Crimson are hardly thin on the ground. Having jumped, or been pushed, from their respective ships, they keep combining and recombining in odd configurations. Cross was part of the line-up that made minor classics such as Larks’ Tongues In Aspic. Here he enlists fellow ex, lyricist Richard Palmer-Jones (sic), to produce a taut sound brimming with menace and featuring heavy-rock figures overlaid by Cross’s inventive, melismatic string parts. Thankfully, there a(re) few, if any, twiddlesome muso-extemporisations. And whilst there’s a certain repetition in some of the musical events, the funky States Of Deception, the Zeppelinesque Awful Love and the catchy Counting (which has a bass line vaguely reminiscent of Garbage’s Stupid Girl) all hit the spot. David Buckley.
If you’ve not heard anything by David since his KC days then you really should check it out. Robert Fripp had this to say about it. "Good album! It continues a line of the work we did together in 1973 that no-one else has quite followed."
a smile-inducing sample of LTIA pt2 as a recurring motif, the album
packs a tremendous punch. There’s a more detailed review over at my
blog, Postcards From The Yellow Room, and you can check out David’s own Noisy Records website where he posts a regular diary / news update.