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Gentle Giant


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3 stars It took me quite some time to think over an elaborate view regarding this one and a keen, correct definition of what it is, where it stands and what does it represent. Without having ended my perspective issue, I can define Civilian as a good album, one that resembles quite some interesting characters and one whose music doesn't defy anything and stays in a comfortable place. About the connotations of this album, I don't think it is necessary to elaborate the description too much. It's the end point of Gentle Giant, as the burning out effect, one that become prominent ever since 1977, if not even 1976 (though I could get many complains by saying this), takes its final burst and moves towards the silences of a most remarkable musicianship and a most impressive history of progressive rock history. In a leisure, unsophisticated, but centered way, Civilian is a final word, one that expresses in reasonable amounts both the general meaning and the overall passion of Gentle Giant, but also the decrease into quality that stands shakes and impression that tends to forget its assets. As last part of a symbolic fading trilogy, the style redeems from the disaster that was Giant For A Day and pronounces even better than The Missing Piece message, making an acceptable (if not more) moment of reflection of the memory. For from this moment we gathered upon the greatness that was the past, the more deceiving flavor that was the contemporary, the silence that marks the end and the thing beyond end, and the significance remember phase that will arise later, into the 90s, but that will keep everything still and, here in there, shallow. Civilian, short sentenced, is far from the best and the most complete form of Gentle Giant music, but the damage of the compromise is very little in comparison with many others.

Short as essence, sharp as hit, relatively illuminated, voiled as echo. Civilian settles on a very easy meaning, still works its way towards at least an attitude of optimism, Cause the album is optimistic, despite everything, and present an image of good and of enjoyable. As character, few are new or are even told, still the defined moment of the album will surely please the auditory. It's not a strangled voice, nor a pushed pedal, but a decent output from something that has already became unpretentious. It is the simple will of making music in a motive and a motivation of unexpanded views. Dynamic that does shatter, but not abrupt or deep. It's not a slice, it's a touch after all. The charm and a little from an authentic Gentle Giant serves as scent in key points, though overall it is very clear how nothing impressive is even conceived. More on to the emotion or the word of thrill that to the point of quality and perspective, Civilian manages a speech that encounters the convenience of the script and the passion of a still wave. Low(ered) range, still intuitive thinking. Music of a standard sphere and a mixed reflection. In overall context, the shape is benefic; in detail focus, it's a thing of subjective impression and goes to the latitude of one's opinion. Calm, striking not towards the non-conformism or the wild energy of once pure brilliancy; effective, throughout a harmless flow. A compromise indeed, but one that could very well the compromise, the album that in its lowered shape affects all aspect and gives benefit to the ones more important. However simple it is, I think a moment of thinking, regarding what ideals should be preserved and illustrated onwards and what is really neglectable and forgettable, is to be considered. and to be made. Personally, I see both factors notable enough. Counting on a clean support and on a smooth sensation.

Ricochet | 3/5 |


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