Gentle Giant Review

artist: Gentle Giant date: 10/20/2006 category: compact discs
Gentle Giant: Gentle Giant
Release Date: 1970
Label: Polydor
Genres: Prog-Rock/Art Rock
Number Of Tracks: 7
The mix of medieval harmonies and electric rock got stronger on subsequent albums, but the music here is still pretty jarring.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9.3
Gentle Giant Reviewed by: ratbollocks, on october 20, 2006
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Sound: This the first album by the highly overlooked Gentle Giant. This band was a prog rock band from the same time of Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull and others. Being a prog band they use more complex time signatures and more complex structeres and use of unusual instruments generally not used in rock. This is a great debut but Gentle Giant did not discover their true sound until Three Fiends and Octopus. // 9

Lyrics: Lyrics on the album are written quite cleverly and full of thought (typical of prog) and they work well with the instrumentation to capture the mood of each composition. Singing skills are very good from all band members and the two more main singers Derek Shulman and Phil Shulman are excellant. // 10

Overall Impression: While it is not their best album it beats the likes of Giant for a Day and other later works. The strongest songs would be "Giant", "Why not?", "Funny Ways" and "Alucard." I love this album because it is the starting point of one of the best Proggresive rock bands of the seventies. It captures many diffent styles like Blues, Jazz, and Medieval into a Hard Rock base. If it was stolen I would definately buy it again. To sum it up, If you like the works of King Crimson to Yes, ELP to Genesis you'll probably love this band and this album. // 9

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