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IN A GLASS HOUSE

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.35 | 1137 ratings

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voliveira
3 stars People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

With this album Gentle Giant appears to have reached his stardom, and he gets high marks here on the site (being seen as the work - the band's material), it seems that this is a thought shared by many reviewers.

Well, I've never been a fan of GG, and and this album has not changed my mind, so do not expect a very positive review about it. What I can say is that a good work that depicts what I love most and hate the band. Everything you expect from GG here: dissonant harmonies, the varied use of instruments, the eclectic influences (ranging from medieval music to jazz), experimentalism, and especially anti - conventionalism.

The first thing that stands out on this album is the sound of breaking glass, a thing quite obvious if you consider that its title is "In a Glass House" . but "The Runaway," the opening track, that's not all. It really is a monster song, an epic seven minutes complex and interesting, and that is undoubtedly the best song on the album. Unfortunately the next two songs, "An Inmate's Lullaby" and "Way of Life" did not come into my heart and are obviously the weakest moments of the album.

Side two is a bit better, with the strange, but with some good moments, "Experience" , which was the band's first song I heard (here in PA!). "The Reunion" is a brief but beautiful interlude with median vocals and excellent violins . And the title - track ends the album with dignity, even if not in all its moments, being the only one who can come close to "The Runaway".

Adding, "In a Glass House" is a good album, and is probably the best among all I've ever heard of the band, except, of course, "Acquiring the Taste ', which is unsurpassed.

3 stars

voliveira | 3/5 |

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