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THE POWER AND THE GLORY

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.30 | 1377 ratings

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poito
4 stars 4.5 This album meant a strong change of direction for the band. In previous work GG used to craft 6-7 min long themes spotted with multiple experimental and dissonant sounds, apparently never caring about the overall taste of the tracks. In this, all but two of the tracks are 3-4 min, the experimental imagery gets limited to a few successful bits harvested in previous work (that is, no experimental any more), and a rocker Yessistic style gets dominant. For the first time, the themes appear compact, and the album too appears to be uniformly oriented. The keys by Kerry Minnear are superb, growing at every new release. The voices are kind of unusual, more mainstream, but it has an undefined not very pleasant timbre, a step back in this section. I particularly like the combination of bass and keys: the bass takes the lead in some themes, like the great opening Proclamation. Guitars are somewhat obscured, by the way. It seems departure of brother founder Philip is to be blamed for many of these changes, but the result is excellent. In my view, they were not that convincing when they tried unsuccessfully to rival the truly experimental bands like King Crimson, Soft Machine and Caravan or Yes. This sound is more believable, more natural.
poito | 4/5 |

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