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A Giant album by a Giant band,
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I have been 'with' the Stranglers since 1977. The frission of buying Black and White with the free white EP is one of my fondest (and earliest) musical memories. Their posters were on my walls and I eagerly awaited every new release. I remained loyal to them right up to departing home for University in 1983. Their decline has set in by then and my tastes wandering in other directions. Although still loyal and wanting to love them like I did their first 4 albums, by the early 90's we went our seperate ways. After Hugh left I pretty much ignored them until I caught 'Big Thig Coming' on the radio 6-7 years ago and thought 'my band is back', the keyboards, jagged guitar swirling keyboards 'dirty bass' and the thumping Mr Black.
Since then I have liked their releases, although they never quite captured the 'glory days' and still,like many, pined for Hugh. I thought I'd give them another go and became became a fan again when I attended the Roundhouse concert in 2008, get the DVD if you can find it, what a gig that was and left me thinking 'Hugh who'? JJ, Dave and Jet were as tight as can be and Baz Warne seemed to be a great fit - great guitarist and decent singer to boot.
And so, to Giants. Trust me, it's a grower. Listen to it more than once and the quality of the song writing will start to come through. Like many reviewers here I love the album. For me the absolute belter, stand out track is 'Freedom is Insane' an awesome song with shades of 'Midnight Summer Dream' in the intro and outro and 'Toiler' in the main body of the song. Other reviewers have covered the rest of album - 'Boom Boom' is a great pop song, 15 steps a superb close. In between there is rarely a let up in quality. This speaks of a band who take great pride in what they put out, despite the fact that only a small minority of the music buying public will actually listen to their output.
It's a shame that so many people will miss out on Giants. So few of us will get the pleasure from hearing these great songs written by one of the greatest ever bands and, yes, that now includes you Mr Baz Warne!