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CIVILIAN

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

2.75 | 378 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars Hang on a minute. Gentle Giant had a 1980s album? Curiously this is not all that bad. Certainly it buries "Giant For A Day" and in some ways is more entertaining than "The Missing Piece". Shulman's vocals are terrifc, the melodies are strong, the music is excellent and there are some wonderful moments to feast on. The problem is it's not prog.

In any case the album was not half as bad as I had heard it would be. I received it really as a free with the excellent "Playing The Fool Live" album. On these double Gentle Giant releases there is usually a great album with a mediocre album, however "Civilian" was quite good, especially for its release date when prog was declining. Tracks such as 'Convenience', 'Underground', 'I am a Camera', and 'It's Not Imagination' are well worth checking out. Not so much prog master tracks but just solid AOR with attention to very accomplished musicianship. It is not the complex quirky Gentle Giant but a consistent melodic 80s commercial sound.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |

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