This work contains a lot of classic stuff such as "Proclamation", "No God's a Man", "The face", which are fine and solid tracks, these songs being immortal classics... you find also the typical poli-rythms parts and the multi-vocal section, which make this album a classic among others, and a "GENTLE GIANT TRADEMARK". Their love for madrigals, mixed sometimes with a baroque sound typical of the keyboard oriented TRIO (more ELP oriented), make almost their works original and memorable (along with "Octopus", "Free Hand" and the majority of "In a Glass House" too, this latter the most original work!!).
But talking about "The power and the glory", this concept album is very interesting: it tells the story of un unnamed ruler, who in appearance took care of the important values of a nation,including its culture and historical tradition, but when He began to savour the taste of POWER, He started to forget his previous attention to this patriotic sense, by appreciating only his status-quo!! You don't find here the same taste for the experimentations like into "Acquiring the taste", but naturally it's less boring and more pleasant in comparison to their second work,even though They maintain a certain experimentation with dark mood in the track "Aspiration", which was also an important reference to V.D.G.G. in the album "Pawn Hearts"!!