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Gentle Giant - Acquiring The Taste CD (album) cover


Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 1355 ratings

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OT Räihälä
5 stars I can't fathom out it: why people's musical tastes differ so much. How come at the time of writing this, this album is on the 99th place of the general ranking of this forum - after all we are supposed to be the discerning, progressive listeners... Ahead of it there are a lot of bands that I haven't heard of, not to mention the heap of sub-standard pop. Yet this is THE album.

To me, Acquring The Taste is the most influential rock album ever. It was the landmark, the milestone, the starting point, you name it. With the (in)famous declaration in the sleeve text, the band make it clear that they didn't want to associate themselves or their music with any specific style. They wanted to find their own path, and boy did they manage to do that!

I am not going to go into details of the songs, because there are a few who have masterfully done it before me. All I can say is that I can't find a single error or shortcoming on this album. All songs are masterpieces in their own right, but still I have to say that my favourites are Pantagruel's Nativity, The Moon Is Down, Wreck and Black Cat, and also The House, The Street, The Room and Plain Truth, and even The Edge of Twilight and Acquring The Taste. Shit... that was all the eight tracks. ;)

The power, the finesse, the thought, the plainly super musicianship, the compositions, the wit of the lyrics, the overall feeling is second to none. To me, this album shows the way. It is on par with the likes of Rite of Spring or Firebird, Eroica or the 9th. I never give five stars to albums that I think are brilliant unless they have changed my way of thinking as a human being, but I have to say that I have truly acquired the taste.

OT Räihälä | 5/5 |


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