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THREE FRIENDS

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.11 | 846 ratings

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poslednijat_colobar
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5 stars I don't know what will be the best for beginning the review of this album. Yeah... It will be the most important in my review - this is the best Gentle Giant's album. Complete masterpiece. Everything here is what it should be. Perfect music and perfect lyrics, drama and artistic voice, connected in one specific concept album with a touching storyline. And here comes my question - what is this average mark here on PA? 3.97 from 160 votes at the time of my review. I think it's extremely low average rating for this album.

The vocals are very appropriate for the storyline, exactly like in a musical. All the instruments are at their height of performance as well as the quality of all the songs meet the requirements for a masterpiece that gives 35:08 minutes supreme satisfaction. Released at the height of progressive rock - 1972 - it's one of the most progressive albums, I've ever heard! I consider this one as a landmark of the genre and I can't mention any flaws, because I can't find such a thing like flaw.

It contains one of my favourite lyrics along with Pure (2008) by Pendragon and Wish You Were Here (1975) by Pink Floyd. The composition of the album is of highest standard, because all ideas are developed in synchronism and the themes in one songs are logical linked. I vote 5 stars for most of the albums when the songwriting and musicianship in perfect (or close to perfect); here I have some extra additional reasons to do that. Except songwriting and musicianship, I have more: the sincere and touching lyrics, the structure of the album - with inception of the action,culmination and denouement, the tracklisting, the storyline, the drama at some moments and not last this child-like vocals when it's necessary.

Outside the album, the most important thing for me is the friendship. The storyline is very familiar to me, because this happened to me, too. So, if you like pure progressive rock without very much folk moments you desperately need this album; if you believe in friendship you need it, too! If you like more folky music or you don't believe in friendship, you have to proceed with next genius releases by GG! Full 5 stars!!!

poslednijat_colobar | 5/5 |

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