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TRESPASS

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.17 | 1541 ratings

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purplepiper
4 stars this is quite a good album, weaving an atmosphere of music all its own. This early effort is quite dark, not quite yet being the quirky playful genesis' that they would become. This is definitely a genesis album though and the first few seconds of gabriel's voice let you know it! This album marks the beggining of genesis' progressive career...

'looking for someone' is a very progressive track, being dramatically delivered by gabriel. His voice is especially good sounding here! the song develops into some cool keyboard passages and some calming flutes as well. Nothing bad to say about this track really! I'm quite fond of this song myself (and the rest of the album!)

'white mountain' is a keyboard driven adventure with some mythical lyrics about a wolf. It almost sounds kind of 'vampirish' thanks to tony banks. It is a very haunting track and a very epic track. Nothing bad to say about this one either!

'visions of angels' is where the album begins to demand patience. This is a very nice song, but it's subtle. the piano holds this one together. My favourite aspect of this song is the lyrics. the song as a whole is good, but it seems like it's missing a little substance. there is a pretty epic sounding climax to the song though, perhaps balancing it out a bit. Patience is all you need to enjoy this one!

'stagnation' is an awesome song, but this one requires patience as well. It starts out quiet and gradually builds to the grand conclusion. this song is well worth the listen though...it's one of those prog journeys that takes time to appreciate, a gem that grows brighter with age. an excellent early genesis song!

'dusk' for me is the weak point of the album. The song is quite dreamy sounding and has good lyrics, but again, something seems to be missing (like steve hackett!). the song is short and just can't seem to hold my interest. It's not bad , but this song is just really 'empty' sounding to me. It's a bit repetitive too. It's not bad and it sounds like a part of the album, but it is definitely the low point for me. Don't shun this one too much though, you might like it!

'the knife' is a genesis favourite, and for good reason...this song rocks! It's heavy, lengthy and very progressive. The keyboards bass guitar and everything else are aggressive on this song, it being about some sort of battle. There are some killer organ passages here that I get exited over every timer I hear them! This is definitely the high point of the album! There is even a girl screaming at one part that adds the dramatic element to the song. an essential genesis masterpiece!

all in all, this is a worthy effort, but it isn't perfect. This early lineup did well though, considering hackett had not entered the scene yet. aside from a slight lack of depth and substance on a couple of the tunes, which aren't bad at all, this is a solid album. The plus side is that this album has a very distinctive pastoral sound, not found on later albums. this album has plenty enough good things to offer to any prog fan, especially fans of classic gabriel era genesis. 4/5

purplepiper | 4/5 |

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