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4.60 | 3317 ratings

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3 stars Well, I should probably say that Peter Gabriel is my fivirote song writer of all time, and he was having a very uneasy 1972, if you know what I'm talking about.

The dark side of the album- Watcher of the skies starts with some pretty mellotron, giving you the false image of a good song to come, then the bass line comes in... thats it for the whole song, everything playing the bassline, nothing else. Besides Pete's otherwise very good vocal showcase, a very disappointing opener. Time table is another weak song filled with some piano and corny lyrics, this song also points out the bad recording quality that plagues the Gabriel era of Genesis until the end of the decade. Get em' out by friday is in my opinion the weakest song Genesis recorded with Peter. Nothing in this song "does it" for me, it's a very bland song trying to convert faster more organ driven parts into slower vocal sections, but not making it. Very gross first half of the album, yet light shines!!!!!!!!

The light side of the album- The most underated Genesis song ever: can utility and the coastliners, is a beautiful five minuete long breath of fresh air from the death star(=D) of Foxtrot, Giving us gorgeus vocal harmonies and a wonderful instrumenal section in the middle. Horizons is one of the only two, YES, two guitar solo's on the whole album (shameful). Anyways it's very pretty and emotive (though I cant help if Hackett made this song just to keep up with his prog rock rival, Howe). SUPPERS READY, the magnum opus of prog epics, nuff said.

If it wasnt for those last three songs, I think this album would be a straight up one star, thank god for supper being served then!

Dim | 3/5 |


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