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So Powerful So Glorious So Sincere.
on 29 June 2012
This is both the most difficult and the most accessible record of Gentle Giants 2nd period (ie post Phil) They manage to mix some truly dissonant vocals, with music that can only be described as jazz-funk on the albums first track "Proclamation", and what an opening track it is setting the stage for the rest of the story, as this is a concept album. "So Sincere" the 2nd track is just maybe harder to get into with its odd time signature and fractured melody, but even so give it a week and you will be whistling this one at work. This is followed by the stunningly beautiful "aspirations" featuring Kerry's oh so delicate voice. "playing the game" has an almost oriental feel, but again it somehow manages to sound funky. "cogs in cogs" would have been a good single release, and allows Derek a chance to sing his heart out...wonderful. This record doesn't let up "No God's a man" has everything that is great about GG, followed by "The face" another stand out track...finally and all too soon we are at "Valedictory" where the themes from the first track "proclamation" return, but this time in a more twisted manner. That is it, its all over far to soon and your starting it over because you want to hear it again. Seriously this is one great album, by one of prog-rocks greatest bands. You really should get a copy.