Gentle Giant - Octopus
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1972 Ratings: #36 / 103
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(Album of The Week #1)
Octopus by Gental Giant

Octopus is the fourth studio album from Prog-Rock band Gental Giant released in 1972. Gental Giant are a band I have never heard of before, with me only seeing the cover of their Self Titled debut, and my first experience is far from good.
Throughout the eight tracks and 34 minutes of this album, I found myself bored to death on some of the tracks such as The Advent of Panurge, and others I find very uninteresting like A Cry for Everyone and Think ... read more
while this album can be exceptionally goofy at times, especially with the vocals on tracks like Knots and Dog's Life, there's some super solid and enjoyable early Prog Rock here. it's all clouded in a weird like medieval and fantasy veneer which can be a bit offputting at times, but tracks like A Cry For Everyone and The Boys In the Band shine through as well written and groovy Prog bangers. a bit of a mixed bag, but with more hits than duds.

FAVORITE: The Boys In The Band, A Cry For Everyone, ... read more
This is the first (of hopefully many) albums in the Madvillainy vs Pinata album of the week! It was a tough vote between this album and another, coming down to the exact wire, but ultimately Octopus won out by two votes!

I can best describe Gentle Giant as "The Who meets the Cardiacs with a touch of Can." This leads to this very wonky sound that can leave this feel of fun mixed with fear. Like a carnival with just a BIT to many clowns. This leaves a very interesting experience ... read more
No where near my favorite Gentle Giant release, and the weird goofy soundscape can be a bit too much sometimes but Octopus is nevertheless still a great piece of progressive rock and showed that Gentel Giant were not only willing to experiment with their sound and put themselves out their that they were also ahead of the curve

Track Review

The Advent of Panurge 9/10
Raconteur Troubadour 8.5/10.
A Cry for Everyone 9.5/10
Knots 7.5/10.
The Boys in the Band 8/10
Dog's Life 7.5/10.
Think of Me ... read more
So this is the Madvillainy Vs Pinata Gang server's album of the week this week, this is the first of (I'd assume) many more albums to come and I gotta say... we didn't start strong

So I've listened to this a few times and I really dislike it, the tone, the atmosphere, I don't like any of it personally and it annoys the hell out of me, I have to admit. The album opens with The Advent of Panurge, a song that starts promising before it falls into incredibly annoying vocal chanting with its ... read more
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Added on: April 2, 2016