Gen­tle Gi­ant

The Power And The Glory

Guitar Techniques - - Music Reviews -

We’re be­gin­ning to won­der if Steven Wil­son ever gets home at night, jug­gling his own pro­jects with a heavy sched­ule of remix­ing clas­sic al­bums from the likes of King Crim­son, XTC and Yes. Now his at­ten­tions are on Gen­tle Gi­ant, one of the most un­der­rated bands ever. In­cred­i­ble mu­si­cian­ship was at their core, but by avoid­ing any com­mer­cial­ism they stayed firmly un­der­ground. Per­haps it was re­ac­tion to their chart-top­per Kites, when they were known as Si­mon Dupree And The Big Sound; what­ever the rea­son, as Gen­tle Gi­ant their al­bums are in­di­vid­ual and time­less, so giv­ing them this re­mas­ter­ing treat­ment makes per­fect sense. The Power And The Glory is per­haps a strange choice as a first re-re­lease, as it’s a par­tic­u­larly com­plex al­bum. It was their sev­enth, and fol­lowed hot on the heels of In A Glass House where the band was in tran­si­tion due to the de­par­ture of vo­cal­ist Phil Shul­man. The most ac­ces­si­ble track is Play­ing The Game, a favourite on their live per­for­mances with great gui­tar work from Gary Green. Also in­cluded is the sin­gle (also called The Power And The Glory) which the record com­pany de­manded to the band’s dis­may, and was sub­se­quently with­drawn. Ex­pect the usual multi-for­mat re­leases, ex­tras and stun­ning pro­duc­tion for this truly re­mark­able al­bum. If this one grabs your at­ten­tion, pre­pare to be hooked.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.