Giants' Workshop

Giants' Workshop

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"Barely Surviving" is a melancholy struggle between bravado and sensibility with a somewhat halting chorus. The oddly-titled "Leave My Dog Alone" places famous literary figures in a predicament similar to that dealt with in The Band's classic "The Weight." Though the coda is a bit long and repetitive, it is evident where the band was trying to go with this whistling tune. "Benches" and "2-Ply Blues" both mix bouncy piano bits and solid backing with Jordan's light and airy Jon Anderson-esque vocals and an intriguing lyrical accent. On other branches of the musical tree, the band has cultivated the simpler, thumpier wisdoms of "Wisdom" and the sorrowful sway of "River Modetta." Overall, all of their fruits are ripe and sweet. With a lyric sheet and newsletter which only emphasize the band's dedication to its performance and its fans, Giants' Workshop appears ready to forge ahead to ever grander projects.