In Defense of Gentle Giant

Author Rick Moody's "The Unfair Reputation of Prog-Rock Concept Albums Especially Free Hand" in the most recent issue of The Believer--which happens to be their annual music issue--raises its freak flag and champions the beleaguered '70s subgenre, particularly the band Gentle Giant and its 1975 concept album.

"...if you are finding that the relentless drum machinery of contemporary bubblegum and the tedious samples of hip-hop are not enough, try dipping into something more fanciful from the era when kind of being able to play your instrument was something you did not need to hide."

Amen, brother.