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5 stars Happy birthday! 42 years!!!

Nursery Cryme was released in November 1971 and was the first album recorded by the band with the line up that gave birth to rock music immortal masterpieces such as 'Foxtrot' and 'Selling England By The Pound'.

Analyzing the cd image and text of the opening track The Musical Box, it includes everything: the design, made by Paul Whitehead, depicts a little girl-playing croquet ... with human heads! The commentary to the lyrics of this song in the liner notes of the release, speaks of the "pretty" beheading of a child (Henry Hamilton-Smythe) by its contemporary (Cynthia Jane De Blaise-William).

Amazing don't you think?

Genesis show a great progress compared to the two previous releases, developing experimental sounds, more complex and sophisticated that envelop the listener; sound very deep atmospheres are alternated with more rhythmic incurred great overall effect.

'The Musical Box', one of the warhorses of the British group, is a sort of mini suite of over ten minutes; the persuasive voice of Gabriel enters a perfect symbiosis with the magical guitar sound of Hackett; effective use of choirs and Woodwinds, the great pathos of the final part of the song, with the unforgettable words spoken out by gabriel!

The explosive 'Return Of The Giant Hogweed "' where Tony Banks's keyboards are strong and deep the high impact intro and closing strongly epic, with tangles of electric guitars and piano, create a jewel of progressive rock music.

'Seven Stones', from fairytale yet trend, but at the same time arcane, is well chiselled by the voice of Peter Gabriel.

'Harold the Barrel' is a funny and ironic that song will exalt the Genesis theatricality in live concerts.

'Harlequin' is a slow and lovely song, in which the voice part is assigned to a chorus of Gabriel-Collins.

The album closes with the poignant "The Fountain Of Salmacis', inspired by the myth of the nymph Salmacis and Hermaphroditus, in which we talk about an impossible love; memorable opening entrusted to the Mellotron, and Steve Hackett's solo!

Nursery Cryme is the breakthrough album for the band, and one of the cornerstones of the progressive movement!

the glory was initially obtained in countries such as Belgium, Holland and Italy, which has always been prone to progressive sounds, contributing to the affirmation of the group throughout the rest of the globe.

agla | 5/5 |


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