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Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 1456 ratings

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4 stars Strange, bizarre, fascinating music. Gentle Giant. Avant-grade progressive rock band. Music on Acquiring The Taste is quite close to what Van Der Graaf Generator did at the time. I'm also finding a bit of what Jethro Tull did on their famous Passion Play release. But in opposite to VDGG Gentle Giant decided for hard rock guitars here and there. So it's the image of this album. Intelligently arranged avant-grade progressive music with hard rockish edge. That's why I like this album better than other Gentle Giant releases. Because it's their heaviest effort. Pentagruel's Nativity sounds like something good for the reckoning day. It's pure apocalypse words can't describe. It starts very gently but fast becomes gloomy hard rockish piece. The thing that's really amazing on this album is that mix of very gentle sounds and hard rock tunes. The House, The Street, The Room is possibly the best song on this record. It contains all the greatest elements that are characteristic for progressive rock. It's someting like Van Der Graaf Generator (with different vocals) mixed with little classical tunes (like taken from Chopin) and gloomy hard rock in vein of Jethro Tull's Passion Play heavier moments. Compared to that song Wreck seems to be lighter and definitely not so fetching. Still good one though. Plain Truth is very interesting jazz rock tune with elements of rock and roll. More vocal oriented Moon Is Down fits for this release as well. I really like this song. I highly recommend this album because it's very original, weird and fascination music. Prog fans probably won't ask 'what's this?' but even they can be surprised at some moments. This is one of those albums you have to hear before you die.
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