Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Gentle Giant - Acquiring The Taste CD (album) cover


Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 1514 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

3 stars Gentle Giant is certainly a band that I had to acquire a taste for. I vividly remember the first time I had ever heard their music when I listened to the Octopus album from start to finish. I was so bewildered by the intricate music. layered vocal harmonies, odd rhythms and melody lines. While my first taste was not good, I was intrigued. But over time, I have grown to really enjoy this band and their quirky music. With that introduction, allow me to turn my attention to their second album, Acquiring the Taste.

The album art is stunning in its innuendo, making it perhaps one of the more controversial covers. The band appears to want to prove a point and will use the music as well as the cover art to get its message across.

As much as I enjoy Gentle Giant and their unique style of musical expression, I never fully embraced the music on this particular album and consider it to be my least favorite of their first eight albums (Gentle Giant through Interview). Each good song (such as the opening track of "Pantagruel's Nativity") is followed by a forgettable song ("Edge of Twilight"). This disjointed feeling carries throughout the album, leaving me less than enthusiastic to give the album a full spin when there are so many albums out there that I feel are more consistent from start to finish.

Now don't get me wrong, this is a good album with such highlights as the aforementioned "Pantagruel's Nativity" along with "The House, The Street, The Room", "Wreck", "Black Cat" and "Plain Truth". However, with other tracks being somewhat drab, I will always prefer listening to one of the other Gentle Giant albums.

Lofcaudio | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this GENTLE GIANT review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives