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FREE HAND

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 979 ratings

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5 stars There is something about this album which seems to me to be the perfect mix of catchy classic Giant rock and roll...and beautiful Medieval/Madrigal/Baroque music. This album is one of the best things the boys every produced...One heck of a ride. ------ "Just the Same" is the sort of track that seems to have unnecessary odd timing, however, as one learns the rhythms and becomes accustomed to the song, it becomes an all out romp. ------ "On Reflection" What can I say. Incredible fugal harmony here, one of the most amazing sounds I have heard segueing into a very good middle and end section with well put together instrumentation. ------- "Free Hand" just really sounds good and really sounds catchy. They put together a rock and roll song with plenty of progressive elements to keep it interesting after many many listens. This one flat out rocks. "Time To Kill" has one of the most, shall I say it, "Killer" riffs I've heard in a Gentle Giant song. It really gets kicking after 2 or 3 listens. ------- "His Last Voyage" is BEAUTIFUL! The instruments intertwine perfectly and Kerry Minnear sings so soft and so hymn-like...You can just see an astoundingly beautiful picture in your mind as you listen to it...ahh... -------"Talybont" is a fun little Baroque number but is only enjoyable if you are in the right mood...which, if you are, makes it a really nice song. ------ "Mobile" has violin at the start which really brings to mind the song "In a Glass House" but isn't quite up to par with the rest of the album. It seems like Gentle Giant is sort of rehashing previous ideas but without the beauty of the former tracks...However, don't get me wrong. It is a good track and sure to please.

The bonus track is really good on the cd but that has nothing to do with the album so...

New to GG? Start here, I would recommend it! If you already are a fan and don't have this...you really need to get your head checked, you will enjoy it!

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