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OCTOPUS

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 1241 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
3 stars If I were to choose an album which I think best represented the overall sound of Gentle Giant, it would be this one. Surely this is also one of the most influential albums as well, with artists such as Echolyn and Spock's Beard creating musical ideas inspired by these guys. Musically, it has the complexities the band is known for, but isn't over-the-top unlistenable.

The album has a rather medieval theme throughout, especially in 'The Advent of Panurge' and 'Raconteur Troubadour.'

There are the rockers in 'A Cry For Anyone' and 'The Boys In the Band' which are based around some nice riffs.

The highlight of the album is probably 'Knots' which features the the complex vocal harmony the band is so well known for. It's Very difficult to listen to, but a very influential song nonetheless.

The most listenable track on the album is probably 'Think of Me With Kindness,' but is still relatively complex.

'A Dog's Life' is another odd track, but unlike 'Knots' it doesn't really offer anything special. 'The album ends with the longest song 'The River,' which has some rocking riffs and bluesy solos throughout.

Despite all the praise I've given the album, it's hardly one of my favorites, and takes a really special mind-set to enjoy. Still, this is classic Gentle Giant, and should be one of the first someone tries when getting into the band.

5/10

Mr. Mustard | 3/5 |

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