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Gentle Giant


Eclectic Prog

4.35 | 1490 ratings

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3 stars The GG keeps on the same track initiated in OCTOPUS, experimenting and composing at 50-50. In those years, an immense amount of similar music was being released and their contribution does not stick out as before. The experimental side begins to sound worn-out; it is easier to recognize fragments derived from King Crimson or Yes with whom they appear to rival in uneven suicide battle in some tracks (Way of Life). The voices are less surprising and sound a bit tired. The Gregorian chant formula does not seem to work anymore and it blends with rocker singing in impossible combination. The composition was still notable, but they recreate more in the use of an infinite number of instruments that follow one after another in crazy succession, while they disregard somewhat the compactness of the theme, although they never cared much about this. There are brilliant moments, but not brilliant themes. It is difficult to follow the music; unless you are a hardcore fan, you'll forget about every note after the tracks end. The more recommendable themes for a general audience are the opening and closing ones, The Runaway, and In a Glass House, this in a rocking style interrupted several times for nailing bits of whatever they had in mind. It's worth mentioning also the title Experience, but better in the live version that you may get in remastered copies; playing live limits quite their use/abuse of infinite instruments and they concentrate on the theme itself, which then appears better crafted.
poito | 3/5 |


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