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A TRICK OF THE TAIL

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 1763 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
4 stars I was 16 at the time this one came out and when I think of that year (1976) this is the main soundtrack. I must have litened to this album more than 500 times on that year alone! Still, for old Genesis fans like me, everything changed. With the loss of Gabriel Genesis music also lost some of its the edge. A trick Of The Tale was, in many ways, the start of their pop-rock period, although that was not clear at the moment. And, besides, it was also very good music.

Genesis could survive Gabrielīs exit, but it was a whole new band. I really loved how Phill Collins handle well the vocals. The music may be less intricated and ambitious, but still retained enough early elements to make it an essential item for anyone who loves prog music. Only Robbery, Assault and Battery never really captivate my imagination. Itīs not a bad song, really, but it is not par to the rest of the tracks, all excellent ones. Thereīs magic all over this CD, specially during the acoustic parts with some of Banks best mellotron works. The cover art is awesome even today. Also production wise this album was an importante step ahead for the band.

Conclusion: a transitional album that still carries much of their earlier works. Mid period Genesis (with hackett) may not have the same impact as their masterpieces, but it was a new music with lots of merits and very enjoyable songs. Four solid stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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