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FREE HAND

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 1009 ratings

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Chris H
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2 stars Ok, when I saw all of the 5 star ratigns the first time I saw this page, I was thinking must be a good album! Then I bought it months later and here I am now, jaw dropped with astonishment that people consider this a masterpiece. "Just The Same" and "Free Hand" are the only tracks off this album I enjoy. "Just The Same" has some nice solo-ing in it from just about every badn member, and "Free Hand" is quite catchy with some fun lyrics and riffs. These songs save this album from one star doom.

On the othere side however, the rest of the album is pointless. "On Reflection" gets on my nerves. The chanting is really annoying and those chimes give me headaches, plus the echo vocals are very dated. "Time To Kill" is an aptly titled song. They had time to kill on the record, so they recorded this track. When I listen to it, I think more along the lines of "time to kill myself!". "His Last Voyage" is a waaayy too long Yes-wannabe song that just drags on and on and on! Ughh, "Talybont" is next? I can't believe I wasted my time listening to this rubbish! It's a waste of disk space honestly. Finally, "Mobile" ends the album. Not too shabby but it does get very repetitive and annoying.

2 stars, but only for "Free Hand" and "Just The Same"!

Chris H | 2/5 |

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