YMMV / Gentle Giant

  • Awesome Music: Their first eight albums qualify from start to finish. Some people also throw in The Missing Piece, Giant for a Day!, and Civilian. As for live material, Playing the Fool is among the greatest prog live albums ever made.
  • Broken Base: The Gentle Giant fanbase is torn as to which of their eleven albums is considered their best. Popular choices include Acquiring the Taste, Octopus, In a Glass House, The Power and the Glory, Free Hand, and occasionally Interview.
    • The quality of the band's last three albums. Some say that the new-wave influenced direction was the band selling out and putting fame over music, while others say the albums are quite good and reveal a unique side of the band that was never fully explored.
    • Interview. For some, it's the last great Gentle Giant record before their last three pop albums, while for others it's a mess of underdeveloped, derivative songs tied around a silly concept that showed the band struggling to rush an album out to sustain the momentum Free Hand had given them.
  • Ear Worm: For a complex song, "Talybont" can be seen as this.
    • Hell, even "Knots", "Wreck" or "Proclamation" are very catchy, really. Accomplished via slightly unusual tunes. It could be argued that Gentle Giant's one of the catchier prog bands.
  • Epic Riff: This certainly qualifies.
  • Italians Love Gentle Giant: They were most popular in Italy. This was the case with many prog bands; somehow Italy really took to the genre.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The vocal bridge of "Pantagruel's Nativity".
    • Also the spooky "Alucard".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A case of self-plagiarism, as the title track off of Interview is often accused of sounding similar to "Proclamation" from The Power and the Glory. Both tracks have a similar keyboard jig feel to them, with similar tempos and vocals.
  • Tear Jerker: "The Moon Is Down", "Think of Me with Kindness", "His Last Voyage"