Edge Of Twilight
The House, The Street, The Room
Acquiring The Taste
The Moon Is Down
Gentle Giant's second album, Acquiring the Taste, is where they really start showing off their eclectic gifts; the band up their game several levels here. Most members of Gentle Giant already played a multitude of instruments, but there are even more additions to the arsenal this time around, from celeste, harpsichord, viola, and clarinet to a donkey's jawbone—the better to realize their expanded ambitions. The compositions are exponentially more intricate, the parts more challenging, and the eclecticism amped up to an equal degree. The art-song feel of "Edge of Twilight" gives way to a mini percussion concerto featuring tympani and xylophone. The blistering rock riffs of "The House, the Street, the Room" are interrupted by a sort of modernist fugue. The title track is a baroque synthesizer interlude leading to the heavy-rock sea chantey "The Wreck," which includes an acoustic Renaissance interlude.