Robert Fripp: NY3
Robert Fripp (guitar, Frippertronics)
Exposure (Discipline Global Mobile 602)
Barry Andrews (organ).
Composed by Robert Fripp.
Recorded: New York, June 1977-January 1979
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The all-star band that backs Robert Fripp on "NY3" keeps the groove tight as Fripp is allowed the space to show off both familiar guitar tones and his now legendary Frippertronics. As expected with a rhythm section consisting of Tony Levin and Narada Michael Walden, the music moves and, even though there is a ton of action, the playing never sounds rushed.
Samples that were lifted from an old film serve as this track's "vocals," but they seem rather ineffective as it is tough to suss out what is actually being said. It is obvious that a couple involved in a domestic relationship is engaged in a verbal fight, but the content is cryptic and could be a statement by Fripp on the world around him at the time of Exposure's release (although curious listeners can check out the CD sleeve for lyrical clarification).
As he had taken up residency in the New York of 1977, the urban landscape that he called home at the time was characterized by violence. In traversing Hell's Kitchen with warpaint plastered on, Fripp could have gone into this recording with the desire to verbalize the negative effect that living in the largest American city had upon his psyche. The vision is compelling, to say the least.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary