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IN A GLASS HOUSE

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.35 | 1099 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
4 stars Many people consider In A Glass House the band's best work, and it's no surprise. This still has the Gentle Giant flavor, but it is perhaps their most listenable album out of their pre-Interview period. I would say the music is a tad more serious than on Octopus, but conversely a bit more melodic. This album is very riff based, many of which are in odd time signatures, and harmonized by complex rhythms.

'The Runaway' is probably the highlight of the album, and contains plenty of catchy melodies formed by repetitive riffs.

'An Inmate's Lullaby,' as the title suggests, is rather gentle, with melodies played by the vibraphone. Unique, but not great, and the bad vocals certainly don't add anything.

'Way of Life' is a fun track that shows full well Gentle Giant can groove. The tempo is fast, the rhythm is different, and some of the countermelodies are tasty!

'Experience' is another classic track that doesn't deviate far from the Gentle Giant sound, filled with a balanced share of catchy melodies and complexities.

'A Reunion' is a short interlude with violin that segues to the final song, 'In A Glass House,' which ends the album with a plethora of time signature and tempo changes, and some cool melodies.

I believe this album represents Gentle Giant at their best. This album should be a starting point for people to get into the band, as it has perfect balance between the complex and melodic side of Gentle Giant.

8/10

Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |

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