It is a great shame that Gentle Giant are not as well known as they should be. Their music blends together music of many different styles seamlessly, creating something which is completely original and new. In this, their second album, this has never been less apparent.
The opening track 'Pantagruel's Nativity' starts of with distant vocals, and strange, almost comic-sounding keyboards. Then suddenly it bursts open with renaissance-style vocal harmonies (offering glimpses of Queen's epic 'Bohemian Rhapsodie'). Later on, you are treated to a jazzy vibraphone-filled instrumental. Then it winds down with a return to a repeat of the opening verse. Later on in the album, the track 'Wreck' starts off as a normal-sounding song (although with a strong hint of folk provided by the use of modes). Before you know what has happened, the song has changed into a harpsichord-accompanied baroque ballad. Then it bursts back into modern day with a fantastic guitar solo. But undoubtedly, the best track on the album is 'The Moon Is Down'. Like the opening track, it sounds very far out to start with, but then launches into a jazzy instrumental, switching from saxophone to jazz organ to great effect.
However there is no way to possibly describe the sound produced without actually listening to it. It manages to sound original and new, whilst actually still sounding like music. If you are thinking about buying this album, then don't hestate, click 'Send to shopping basket' now. You won't regret it!