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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Here is where it all begins!

After the initial album Genesis took a whole different direction on this one. With only one song in the four minute range Genesis moved into the area of longer compositions and lush instrumental sections surrounding the core song. Using a lot of twelve string guitar and flute as well as organ to color the passages and Peter Gabriel's distinctive raspy voice to drive it forward Genesis hit a resounding chord.

The album has a lonely, melancholy feel to it and the music follows suit best represented in the opening track Looking for Someone. White Mountains rich and lovely guitar and flute parts contrasted by the bouncing chorus tell a story of a fight for wolf dominance that probably was connived over a couple of joints. Visions of Angles starts with a glimmer of hope in the music but the lyrics return us back to the melancholy of a love lost. This us bring us the most unusual song on the album Stagnation. Here Genesis start into their first epic. Starting with acoustic guitars supporting Gabriel's vocals the piece moves to a nice keyboard solo that leads us into an upbeat organ solo then back to a quiet vocal then rising up to angry climax to a ghostly sort of chant to end the song. Here it begins for Genesis. After that we have a nice little acoustic piece the shortest on the CD Dusk. Were back to the melancholy again with the beautiful twelve string and Gabriel's sad rasp almost a Moody Blues feel to this one. The anthem like The Knife close out the album with Genesis most powerful statement yet however John Mayhew's drumming shortcomings are pretty apparent here but that would be rectified with the next release. The song is an angry organ over an angry electric guitar and Gabriel's powerful voice "Tell me my life's about to begin Tell me that I'm a hero"

Not sure if Pete knew that Genesis was about to embark on a journey over the next 5 years that has encapsulated some of the most revered prog music ever. 4.5 stars

Garion81 | 4/5 |


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