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THE POWER AND THE GLORY

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 967 ratings

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The Runaway
5 stars Gentle Giant is back with a masterpiece, yet again!

Gentle Giant's The Power and the Glory is considered one of their best and an album to change progressive rock's sound in general. The complexity of this album can not be described in words as it is not something ordinary, it's insane! This album is their 2nd album without Phil Shulman, which could be somehow described as a barrier, stopping them from making real music (notice how they've changed from Three Friends to In A Glass House), no offense to the man.

All the songs on this album are medium length, at least for a prog album, with songs from 3 to 5 minutes, with the exception of Proclamation and Playing the Game which are both around the 6'45 mark, but don't let the lengths confuse you! This album is as prog as prog can get! Just listen to tracks So Sincere and Proclamation on youtube, and understand, that this is the enlightenment prog's been waiting for!

On musical terms, I prefer Free Hand, but on terms of technicality, composition, and insanity, I'd pick this one up!

The top tracks, in my opinion, are So Sincere, Proclamation, The Power and the Glory (available only on select editions), and Valedictory. If you're a beginning progger pick up Free Hand or Acquiring the Taste (to, acquire the taste, of course), and if you're heavy into prog, and I mean heavy, but have yet to have picked up a Gentle Giant album, pick this one up.

You can read my Free Hand review here: progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=264357

The Runaway | 5/5 |

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