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TRESPASS

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 1617 ratings

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The T
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4 stars I reviewed GENESIS last albums almost a year ago. It's time to say a few words about their earlier (and better) recordings.

First time I heard Trespass I didn't like it that much. But now I can see why it's heralded as the band's first masterpiece.

The music is fantastic all the way through. Not only is the music progressive and elaborated, but it's also full of atmosphere and even some catchy tunes here and there. The album takes time to groew on you, but it definitely does.

Phillips' work is very close to that of Master Hackett, even though we can't find some of the magical solos and atmospheres that the latter gave us after he joined. Mayhew, on the other hand, is not in the same league as Phil Collins, and it was very healthy for the group to have added a better drummer after Trespass. It's not that the drumming is poor, but it's irrelevant, generic. Collins had a more distinct style which suited the band much better.

In my view, this album's star is Banks, whose keys really steal the show. Gabriel's voice starts to get weird and dramatic, theatrical, but his delivery is as pure as ever. The flute is used more than in future albums, so Gabriel had another chance to shine, which he managed to do.

The recording is very weak, even for 1970. There's a couple of tracks where a fade-out ending takes place even when the music doesn't call for it. it would get much better in the next records, though.

My favorite tracks are White Mountain (incredibly catchy for early GENESIS), Stagnation and The Knife. But all the album is a great piece of art and should be in every prog-fan's collection, especially if you like Symphonic-Rock, the genre where GENESIS has still not been surpassed.

The T | 4/5 |

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