Robert Fripp “Exposure”

I was a little surprised listening to this record after all these years (It came out in 1979). It wasn’t anything like I remembered it. For one thing, I was listening to it late at night, falling asleep, and I had the impression that it was REALLY LONG, like somehow several hours on an LP– or at least, say 60 to 90 minutes– so listening to it again, I timed it, and it’s not long at all, like 46 minutes!

There is a lot of mention of “Frippertronics” which got kind of annoying to me, reading the album cover and notes, so I looked that up and found that it is a tape loop effect that Robert Fripp invented, using two reel-to-reels, with a delay– so it’s a really charming old analog effect!

The songs on this record are all over the place– it sounds like several different bands. It starts with a standard rock song, “You burn me up I’m a cigarette,” which is kind of embarrassing, but maybe ironic? The best stuff is the Brain Eno influenced songs that sound a lot like that “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” record. Then there is a huge Peter Gabriel element– in fact it sounds partly like a Peter Gabriel record, which is interesting because guess who is coming next in the alphabet…

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