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Power & Glory

3 Ratings: 3.3
An album by Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant was born out the ashes of Simon Dupree & the Big Band sound,a successful UK Based Rock and R&B outfit lead by brothers Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman. 1n 1970 the brothers Shulman founded Gentle Giant. Their untilization of complex … see full wiki

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  • Mar 31, 2004
What can I say about one of the best British prog albums of the 70s? Well, for one thing, it doesn't sound like other British prog. Gentle Giant is a lot less bombastic on the whole, and employs their chops towards a more fusion-esque angle with tight arrangements, catchy riffs in odd meters, and uniformly great vocals. Unlike their peers in the symph-prog world, Gentle Giant doesn't really _sound_ "symphonic," instead their roots are more in 15th, 16th and 20th century classical music, as well as jazz-fusion and English folk. And while the music is complex and unusual, they never seem to forget about having fun -- the songs have an infectious energy to them, and they are catchy as hell.

The songs are all very good, unlike other GG discs where there is an "ehhh" song or two. The opener "Proclamation" is a really funky rocker with a powerful middle section of heavy electric organs and dissonant vocals. "The Face" has some really catchy violin and guitar jamming with a propulsive rhythm. "So Sincere" has addictively strange, dissonant chord progressions, weird meteres, and jumpy vocal melodies. "Playing the Game" has delicious main instrumental lines that remind me of the soundtrack from Doki Doki Panic (well, to some people that would be a _bad_ thing). Life has suddenly taken an unexpected twist and I can't really concentrate on this review anymore. So just take my word for it that all the other songs are really good. This is a must-have.

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Power & Glory
Label: EMI Import
Artist: Gentle Giant
Release Date: July 27, 2004

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