Even the band later admitted it and regrets those two albums and appologised for them. So, we lost a great prog band that never became a good pop rock group. So, yes. They lived a state of identity crisis in their last few years. However, we can always say that they were truly giants during almost 10 years.
Sorry if I wrote too much, but it's always been a passion for me to write about bands like Gentle Giant. The Missing Piece is really the last real good studio album of Gentle Giant. And yes, it seems the band, in the end of the career, sought a state of identity and they never found it anymore.
About the review, you did a good job. Gentle Giant The Missing Piece 3. Review Summary: Gentle Giant go pop, but in a more sensible, transitional way than some of their peers.
At some point in the 70s, Gentle Giant had to have run out of fresh ideas. Interview began the slight decline into a state of stagnation though admittedly that particular album did have its many perks in small doses , and so after the tour promoting that same record, Gentle Giant collectively decided to opt for a different musical approach.
The end result was ninth album The Missing Piece , which although isn't too far removed from the elaborate quirkiness and creativity of, say Acquiring the Taste or Octopus , has both feet firmly planted in opposing musical fields.
The Missing Piece is divided into two halves, though at times those halves do overlap a little. Beginning with an uplifting, groove-inflected rhythm, "Two Weeks in Spain" both features flashes of the proggy elements which plagued Gentle Giant's prior material and a nice, sugar-sweet poppy melody which practically dominates the entire recording.
Even by listening to the main riff and beat throughout the album opener, you can't quite get away from the idea that the song wouldn't seem out of place on a Top of the Pops programme, yet at the same time, there are moments which remind the listener of Gentle Giant's more adventurous songwriting ventures.
This idea of injecting unashamed amounts of pop sensibility is much more appreciated in the rest of the first half of the album, particularly the too-cheesy-to-fall-in-love-with ballad, "I'm Turning Around", which often proves Gentle Giant were trying to do poppy Genesis better than Phil Collins in the late 80s.
Naturally, the end result is a very failed attempt, and it simply doesn't work well for the band. As a matter of fact, it's poor quality stuff, and it really renders the first half of The Missing Piece being filler material as opposed to well-written songs.
Just when you think The Missing Piece is about to fall flat on its face, "As Old as You're Young" begins, and it's almost as if you've been thrown into a time machine back to when Gentle Giant were making baby steps into the world of avant-garde prog.
Overstated as this previous sentence may be, you really can't get away from the creativity of the song. It's quirky, all over the place, manic, as unstoppable as a coke-ridden roadrunner. Instruments come in massive doses, vocals seem much more in the comfort zone and even the guitar tone seems to take itself more seriously than in the first half of the album.
Naturally, the song is far from perfect, because at this point Gentle Giant were still transitioning into fully-fledged pop territory and were even edging dangerously close to identity crisis, but at least it was evidence that the band still had a little life left. Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Bassist Ray Shulman remembers taking stock: 'It was a kick in the teeth, but also a jolt to stop complacency - it was a general shake-up for everybody, really.
With the pressure to become more commercially viable on the one hand, and the fact that we had a very loyal audience on the other, we were in a dilemma The impact of the new music was less marked on the Continent, and in the States, at least for a time, its effect was negligible. Not surprisingly, giant were persuaded to concentrate on the European and American markets, and apart from an appearance on the BBC's 'Sight And Sound' a simultaneous broadcast on TV and radio in January , the band never took to a British stage again.
They inclined towards a more direct style, making a conscious effort to inject more energy into their output, and with an eye on contemporaries, like Genesis, adopted a less complex, more commercial sound. Classically-trained keyboardist Kerry Minnear looks back on this period of Giant's development with mixed feelings" 'At this stage, certainly, one or two members of the band were becoming frustrated by the straitjacket we'd made for ourselves Because of the nature of what we were, we felt obliged to play quite experimental music all the time.
Ray was getting quite heavily into Punk because it was just a total burst of energy and enthusiasm, and I think that appealed to him because it was so completely different to what we were.
I confess I was a bit nonplused by some of the things that were going on in the band Personally, I had much less enthusiasm for breaking free of these restrictions we'd placed on ourselves.
Another factor also influenced this shift to a more straightforward style. This mistake has also carried over to online digital music distributors such as iTunes and Spotify. It has since been corrected. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see Three Friends film. Gentle Giant. Retrieved 25 June Retrieved Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers.Reissue of Gentle Giant - The Missing Piece Recorded at Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, Holland. Remixed at Scorpion Sound, Euston Centre, London.