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ACQUIRING THE TASTE

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.24 | 982 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste (1971)

After Gentle Giant's great début it was time for some new experiments. On the inlay of the original vinyl is written a massage to every-one who bought the record: This is our artistic vision and we haven't searched for consensus concerning the musical needs of the record purchasers. This alone is a nice statement and truly prog.

On the second album Gentle Giant sounds less cohesive then on the already not to cohesive début. Some consider this a problem, I find it to be an artistic way of being naive and thus very interesting to listen to. The band experiments with symphonic rock with wind sections, heavy organ sounds, violin with wahwah, intelligent composition, epic structures, time signatures, changing instruments with fade-in-fade-out effects, vocal harmonies, synthesizers and a lot more. Writing it down it became an amazing list to achieve on just one album. Here lies the strength of Gentle Giant, much experimentation on different musical parameters: atmospheres AND technical approaches.

Stand-out songs for me are the following tracks. Pantagruel's Nativity is a symphonic masterpiece with some bombastic symphonic moments, very special and intense dis-harmonic vocal harmonies and great wind sections. The composition is very inspired and vocals are great too.

The House, The Street, The Room is a great aggressive track with some inventive harmonic findings. The heavy organ and bass sound give the track a nice vibe.

The Moon Is Down is a great serious ballad type of song with progressive timing and very interesting vocal harmonies. The emotional feel of the track is very strong for such an sophisticated composition.

The album its only weakness lies in the two lesser songs on the end. Though Black Cat and Plain Truth aren't bad, they lack the original and perfect composition and feel of the other tracks of the album.

Conclusion. A great Gentle Giant record that shouldn't be skipped by any-one at all. As most albums of GG it has even a unique sound among their other albums and it's a truly progressive album that shows new things, both technically and atmospheric. A very very big four stars this one.

friso | 4/5 |

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