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GENTLE GIANT

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

3.95 | 1265 ratings

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Supertwister
4 stars When I first listened to this from start to finish, which is what I like to be able to do with most albums, I felt really disjointed.

Still I feel the same, but I'm more used to the feeling and have a lot of appreciation for this good quality music.

The first track that really caught my attention was "Funny Ways", I wasn't sure what it was that attracted me to this song. It could have been the vocals which seemed odd and different to me at the time, although I do know I loved the acoustic guitars. I begun to realise that this was just unlike anything I had ever heard before.

And just after that I slowly began my journey to appreciating Gentle Giant. I never really had this as a first priority and usually this was one of my soundtracks I could call "background" music, which I'd put on if I was occupied with something else. I had put it aside as an alright listen, not really my cup of tea, but one day the track "Why Not?" completely took ahold of me.. You know I love it when there's straight rockin' out times, and I found this so accessible and catchy (still one of my favourite GG tunes to listen to!), so I became a little more intrigued and previewed some more tracks.. Only to find I basically knew the entire album! All that background listening had paid off!

My least favourite track would have to be "Isn't It Quiet And Cold?", because it gets on my nerves a little. But even still I don't loathe the thing, and that's no reason for anybody else too either.

One other negative aspect for me was the production, I think it is incredibly weak. When I listen to "Why Not?" I just wish the volume could be cranked up more than max through these headphones except it's not just that, the drums also sound really murky and the keyboards feel too mediocre in the mix than they should be.

"Are you ready for his being?" Well there was a time I wasn't but a "birth of realisation" came a "rise of high expectation" and made this a great introduction to GG and an "Excellent addition" to my prog music collection!

Supertwister | 4/5 |

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