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GENTLE GIANT

Gentle Giant

 

Eclectic Prog

3.95 | 1254 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Since I started my reviewing process on PA, I have always been doubtful about GG. Should I review their work or not? To be honest, I am not a huge fan of their music but here we go anyway.

This first album is well in line with what will come later in their production and as such it might be considered as a good debut album. I would even say that the first two songs are quite symphonic and enjoyable.

The so special vocal style that they have developed is already present, but not too much. The jazzy angles are only appearing somewhat later in the album ("Alucard" and "Nothing At All"). The later is the longest piece from the album and is quite diversified: melodic vocals (almost Crosby, Stills & Nash oriented), some hard and hypnotic guitar riffs on the plus side.

On the minus one, the loose drum solo and the jazzy instrumental part appearing during the second half is not so pleasant to my ears (although it is combined with some delicate piano). The whole is not very cohesive.

The closing track (if you accept the version of the English anthem) "Why Not?" also offers some good moments: combining symphonic prog with heavier parts. The finale is a wild combo of blues and jazz. It is very dynamic.

Seven out od ten. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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