by MythofRock

Gentle Giant, one of the most significant bands of 70s progressive rock, are again in the spotlight, as the great Steven Wilson has remixed Gentle Giant’s “The Missing Piece”, which is re-issued. “The Missing Piece” is a great prog rock album, however not one of the band’s best albums. It is a fascinating departure from their earlier progressive rock sound, yet it maintains the band’s signature complexity and innovation. Released in 1977 by Chrysalis, this album marks a pivotal moment in Gentle Giant’s evolution, as they experiment with a more streamlined and accessible approach while still showcasing their exceptional musicianship and inventive songwriting. The album opens with “Two Weeks in Spain”, a lively and upbeat track featuring intricate vocal harmonies and infectious melodies. It sets the tone for the rest of the album, seamlessly blending elements of rock, jazz, and pop into a cohesive and engaging listening experience. The band’s trademark use of unconventional time signatures and intricate counterpoint adds depth and sophistication to each song, revealing new layers upon repeated listens. Some of the standout tracks on the album is the catchy “I’m Turning Around”, the complex “For Nobody” and “Memories of Old Days”, a hauntingly beautiful ballad, which showcases Gentle Giant’s ability to evoke emotion through their music. In conclusion, “The Missing Piece” stands as a compelling chapter in Gentle Giant’s storied career, showcasing the band’s willingness to explore new musical territories. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the band or new to their music, “The Missing Piece” is a must-listen album that rewards repeated listens with its depth, complexity and sheer musical brilliance.

♦ 8,5/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos

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