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ACQUIRING THE TASTE

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.24 | 1011 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars As I have written in my review of their debut, GG is not one of my favourite bands. This one is the first album I have bought from their repertoire, and when I read the (short) liner notes, there is only one consideration left: over pretentiousness.

Make up your own mind "Acquiring the taste is the second phase of sensory pleasure. If you've gorged yourself on our first album, then relish the finest flavours (we hope) of this, our second offering". Well, well, well! I guess that even ELP wouldn't have written this (even if they have thought of).

In terms of music, I don't dislike the opening track "Pantagruel's Nativity" which shows some heavy aspects (even doom ones la Sabbath) as well as very dark moments. The whole of this album though is pretty indigestible to my ears.

It is just a confirmation of the second paragraph from the liner notes I have already mentioned: "It is our goal to expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of being very unpopular". I bet you!

Loudly, unstructured and experimental during "The House, the Street, the Room", it is a real hard time to live for me. Actually, this album is not at all for my taste: but this is only a description of my own and truthful feel.

I understand that most of the people from this site (I only represent one per cent of the reviewers with this rating) might think differently. Still, this album is rather difficult to approach. Later ones will get a better score, but this "Acquiring the Taste" is just scoring two stars on my musical scale.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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