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Giant - 2001 III



ARTIST: Giant
ALBUM: III
LABEL: Now And Then/Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 097
YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dann Huff - vocals, guitars, keyboards * David Huff - drums * Mike Brignardello - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Combustion * 02 You Will Be Mine * 03 Over You * 04 Don't Leave Me In Love * 05 Love Can't Help You Now * 06 The Sky Is The Limit * 07 It's Not The End Of The World * 08 Oh Yeah * 09 Can't Let Go * 10 Bad Case Of Lovin' You


Background
After 1989's classic 'Last Of The Runaways' and 1992's underrated 'Time To Burn', Giant disappeared into the mist and Dan Huff turned to production, namely two Megadeth albums. Now, after a ten year silence they're back with an album that can best be described as a mixed bag. Most, if not all of these tracks were recorded some time ago - some for the 'third' album which never materialised, and others from the 'Time To Burn' sessions that never made it.


The Songs
'Combustion' starts us off in guitar hero style. It's a flashy guitar solo of about 1:30 that will remind you of the 'I'm A Believer' intro. Next up is 'You Will Be Mine', straddling the borderline between hard rock and AOR in true anthem style, like any number of uptempo classics from their debut. 'Over You' is a classy midtempo anthem, much like 'It Takes Two' or 'Hold Back The Night'. 'Don't Leave Me In Love' is the first single, and touted as a power ballad, whereas it's really a scorching midtempo anthem once it gets going. Fans of their most melodic side will love this. At this point the album seems to drop half a gear, as 'Love Can't Help You Now' tries hard to bring across some swaggering attitude but sounds a bit silly and self aware, until a strong bridge and chorus redeem it somewhat. 'The Sky Is The Limit' is a little better, reminding the listener of the tougher hard rock on the second album, the melodies in here are fairly subtle but it grows on you the more you listen. 'It's Not The End Of The World' is a more stripped down organic sounding ballad - but the lilting chorus will win you over in no time. 'Oh Yeah' is another of those tougher sounding rockers, but this one's pretty disappointing overall. 'Can't Let Go' is a different story though - a ballad of 'Runaways' era proportions, you could swear it's put here to sooth any ruffled feathers from the disappointing previous track. If so, it worked. Sadly, they lose the plot with the closing track - a cover of the antique 'Bad Case Of Loving You' (Doctor Doctor) ... it's pretty ordinary and I'm sure I'm not the only one that was hoping for a killer Giant anthem to close the album.


In Summary
As I said, a mixed bag for sure. Still, with the plethora of abysmal releases we've seen recently, this album remains a strong contender for those Christmas stockings, and it really is a pleasure to hear Dann Huff belting out those passionate vocals again.


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#1 | sabace on December 29 2007 15:17:33
giant's best record a stunning lp!
#2 | jeffrey343 on February 18 2009 19:03:00
It is hard to me to see how "You Could Be Mine", "Over You", or "Don't Leave Me In Love" could have been left off any album. They are as commercial as anything Giant has ever put out, and they are great tunes. I can tell that those three (plus the instrumental "Combustion" ) are the "old" tunes, as the sound changes somewhat starting with "Love Can't Help You Now". The rest of the album is still very good, and overall, this is almost right up there with the first two. I could have done without "Bad Case Of Lovin' You" - not bad, but not as good as the other tunes. If you like the first two, then definitely seek this one out.
 
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