Giant – Shifting Time

6/10

It’s been a while since we heard a new Giant album. Even though they have been around now and then, I think most people still connect their name with the timeless AOR classics Last of the Runaways (1989) and Time to Burn (1992). Not too strange seeing how these albums powerful combination of muscular rock ‘n’ roll and shimmering AOR glance is among the finest the genre has ever achived. Shifting Time is the bands fifth album and the first one in twelve years.

There’s no fuzz about the way the album sounds, it’s just like you’d imagine. Mostly because of Dan Huffs recognizable guitar sound, which has always been one of the bands greatest strengths. At least that is until you realize that Huff isn’t on the album! The guitar is played by John Roth with an impressive resemblence of the classic guitar sound of Giants old stuff, and the voice replacing Huff is by swedish Kent Hilli. They are both perfect replacements for a man you’d thought couldn’t be replaced.

Well okay, there is one thing that cannot be replaced or recreated, and that is the song material. Shifting Time is a steady, good album all the way through, but in the shadow of titans like Hold Back the Night, Innocent Days and I’ll See You In My Dreams, this is not even close.

This is a good album, just not one that rewrites the pages of Giant in the history books. In the future to come the fans will probably still choose the first two albums when they are in Giant mood. Not too strange, perhaps, the shoes are close to impossible to fill. But if they were to choose this one once in a while, they wouldn’t be disapointed. In fact, this is way more impressive than I ever hoped to expect from a modern day AOR album by a Dan Huff-less Giant!

One last thing: Many AOR albums today are very slick and compressed and use a whole bunch of autotuning. Shifting Time, on the other hand, sound really good. All hail to the band and the production team for that, and a nod to other AOR bands to look at Giant and learn!

Artist: Giant
Title: Shifting Time
Label: Frontiers
Date of release: 21/1 -22
Time: 48,07

Rating: 6/10
Standout track: It’s Not Over

Giant – Shifting Time

January 29, 2022

But if they were to choose this one once in a while, they wouldn't be disapointed. In fact, this is way more impressive than I ever hoped to expect from a modern day AOR album by a Dan Huff-less Giant!

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