How do I get into Gentle Giant? I like most of the classic prog bands but Gentle Giant just doesn't seem to click. I feels like their songs don't flow like Yes or Genesis for example but then again neither do many classic King Crimson songs that I like. There are some things that sound good but I just can't get myself to listen to their albums again and again (though the only albums I've heard from them are Octopus and The Power and the Glory).
Free Hand is a good starting point. But if you really wanna get into it and see what they're all about, check this out. i guarantee you'll be amazed
They play strange time signatures just to be odd. Their singer is abysmal. The keyboards sound dated and anemic. All together it makes a cacaphonous trainwreck which is neither interesting or pleasant to listen to in any way. The above posted concert video being a prime example.
I actually think their keyboards, especially on Octopus, sound very ahead of their time and still stand up today. I'll agree that their singer is not even close to being the best.
"They play strange time signatures just to be odd". Nearly impossible to actually prove that. I think lots of time signature changes don't appeal to a lot of people. They are purposefully cacophonous at times imo. Also if you don't think this song is pleasant I have no idea what to tell you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjHwQbBm8n8
Not the one you were conversing with but your comment was so bitter, open up to it and you'll find some great music within their discography.
>They play strange time signatures just to be odd.
it was the 70's, the majority of the bands played with strange time signatures, at least they used simple, clear and concise drum patterns. Also, they were classically trained so of course they challenge themselves in their music and have some fun
>Their singer is abysmal
Live, yeah kinda. In the studio they're rather good. keep in mind that the older Schulman brother didn't sing in any of the live concerts posted online.
>The keyboards sound dated and anemic
probably because they are dated. this is more of a personal criticism. i'll take a minimoog over any modern keyboard any day.
completely true, it's like they don't even know how to play
What do you like to listen to then? Any bands that you think are a better waste of time?
Gentle Giant is just not easy to get into, and this is coming from someone who likes Red Krayola and Yowie. Gentle Giant's composition is very strange and they go all the way in medieval/theatrical style.
Don't force yourself to listen to a band you don't enjoy. If you've really listened to a couple of their albums then you should be able to grasp their style and decide whether you like it or not
The Power and the Glory is my favorite album by them, but it's also the least accessible, not a good place to start