Gentle Giant

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Country United Kingdom
Added By Mike
14 years ago
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1970-2000 Rock
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8.0 x20
English/British Symphonic Technical Prog Rock/Jazz
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54 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, nobody rates it lower. 41 users think it is prog, one user thinks it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 157 studio tracks by Gentle Giant.
Track durations range from 04s to 9m 51s, averaging at 4m 24s with a standard deviation of 2m 01s.
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Review by MusicalSalmacis 11 years ago <Permalink>
Gentle Giant - Acquiring The Taste 1971
8.1
Prog Rock
Here I am, writing a review for Gentle Giant's "Acquiring the Taste", it is hard to find words to describe it. But that's just how it is. It's very hard to describe Gentle Giant in general. Sure, they are a prog band, but they still never sounded like any other band I've heard. A good way to describe their sound would be... Well, paint yourself a picture of a regular song. A pop song, a rock song, whatever, just a regular song that Gentle Giant wrote. Now, when Gentle Giant writes these songs, It's like they turn them inside-out, you know, up is down, east is west, you get the idea. And this style is very apparent on this particular record.

Most of these songs can be very hard to get used to. Everyone I know that has listened to, for example, The House, The Street, The Room thought of it like "A cool hard rock song with a great solo". But then they add "But I hated it when they were being all weird with their thousand instruments. That's just pretentious". When you listen to that song, you know that it could have been a hit, but Gentle Giant had the balls to make it weird, to make it fucked up, to make it Gentle Giant .

There are many great melodies to be found. Particularly on the two opening numbers, which are some of the best Gentle Giant has written. The second side pales a bit in comparison, but is stellar nevertheless. This is not Gentle Giant's greatest record, but it is very satisfying to listen to if you want something different.
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Octopus 1972
 #1

9.0 x44
English/British Technical Experimental Prog Rock
The Power & The Glory 1974
 #2

8.9 x28
English/British Technical Prog Rock
In a Glass House 1973
 #3

8.9 x26
English/British Symphonic Prog Rock/Jazz
Free Hand 1975
 #4

8.7 x24
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Three Friends 1972
 #5

8.7 x23
English/British Technical Prog Rock/Independent
Acquiring The Taste 1971
 #6

8.6 x22
English/British Technical Prog Rock
Gentle Giant 1970
 #7

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English/British Symphonic Technical Prog Rock
Interview 1976
 #8

8.0 x14
English/British Experimental Prog Rock
Civilian 1980
 #9

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Eclectic Prog Rock
Giant For a Day 1978
 #10

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Eclectic Prog-Related Rock
The Missing Piece 1977
 #11

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English/British Eclectic Prog Rock
The Last Steps 1996
 #12

7.0 x2
Eclectic Prog Rock
Totally Out Of The Woods 2000
 #13

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Eclectic Prog Rock
Under Construction 1997
 #14

6.5 x1
Eclectic Prog-Related Rock
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