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GENTLE GIANT

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

3.87 | 820 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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2 stars Giant beginnings.

This debut already has most of the items lined up for GG. While not up to par with albums like Octopus and In a Glass House, it's not that bad of a debut by the band and I'm sure was a sign for things to come. With the exception of Weathers on drums, all of the "classic" members are here.

Alucard is a nice tune with strong key presence. It also probably has the most memorable melody line of all the tracks. I don't find this album to be near as "rocking" as some of my other collabs look at it. Sure the guitar tone has that feel to it, and the ending of Why Not? comes to mind, but their are just as many soft and pleasantries to the album as on other works.

The Queen is a lame track, which I'm sure some considered fairly neat at the time (modernizing of political songs trend), but it really adds nothing to the work, other than some more time to the record. You can find bits and pieces of interesting material here and there, but relatively speaking this is one of the bands weaker efforts, although you must remember it's the debut album.

With few exceptions, their aren't many soaring melodies and intriguing vocal works as found on other GG albums. GG approaches soft sections differently, but it's calming and pleasant enough. We would have much to look forward to though, Gentle Giant being one of the more promising progressive rock bands of the era that really never stood out in the spotlight, but never because of musical quality and more for the opinions of the band themselves.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |

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