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INTERVIEW

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

3.76 | 518 ratings

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ShW1
4 stars You aint see nothing yet.

The 8th album by Gentle Giant offers a wonderful summation to the band way up to that time, and a new horizons and possibilities for future to come, which unfortunately did not implemented eventually, due to the 'prog decline' and all those depressive things? In part of the albums tracks, they might repeat on the same old tricks as before, (although I'm not sure I agree to this statement), but they are doing it better, and surpass even they own high standards. Examples: 'Empty city' is a laid back song, no rush to anyware, with so wonderful guitars from Garry, so delightful vocals from all, and such a nice flow and good ties between all phrases and sections, that the listening to this track becomes a true pleasure. 'I lost my head' provide some of the best moments of 'rocky Derek' vocals against 'delicate Kerry' vocals. A wonderful two-part song. 'Design' is just amazing with its complex vocal harmonies and counterpoint, the original percussion arrangement in non-regular parts, and the development, again never too hurry, and more mature and interesting than ever before.

The novelties presented mainly in the 'second league' songs, which lyrically discuss in the music industry and their negative feelings that concerned to being part of it. There are some recalls for funky, reggae, and a hint of disco, that ruled at that time. Obviously this is done wonderfully by the giants. As for the overall tracks level, indeed there are quality differences between the tracks, as many other GG albums, especially the second era ones. Even the giants could not reach the same high picks on every track, and this album makes no exception. Of course don't get me wrong, the 'lower level' tracks are really good, or even excellent, (except of the problematic 'Give it back'), So the final rating is 4 stars. In all, this album got its own masterpieces and gems, as well as all of other GG albums, up to 'interview'.

ShW1 | 4/5 |

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