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IN A GLASS HOUSE

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

4.35 | 1108 ratings

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Shakespeare
4 stars With a stunning few releases behind them, Gentle Giant have lost one of their most important members: the oldest of the Shulman brothers, Phil. His quirky and intelligent lyrics are forever gone, his high little voice nevermore to appear on any Giant album. But the rest of 'em pull it together, and carry on without. And what a magnificent job they do at it! Addictive riffs, unexpected sudden changes, a new experimental edge, and complexity coming out the ying-yang!

After the introduction of the first track (which consists of glass breaking, which is then turning into a rhythm) the band explodes with a mildly aggressive guitar led section, which one can comfortably head bang to, which is not a common thing with Gentle Giant. Catchy, memorable, and addictive sections fill the album, woven into the over-the-top intricacies, the incredible musicianship, and even the few beautiful moments (which, I might add, are scarce). Their arrangements can get you really baffled when trying to guess when the band will come in (particularly Experience).

With the exception of Inmates Lullaby, a song which is sort of dissonant and purposefully complex for complexity's sake (which isn't truly bad tune, just slightly annoying after a couple of listens) this album is a truly solid, amazing piece of prog. Overall, this album is very fun, and top-notch from a musician's point of view.

Shakespeare | 4/5 |

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