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FOXTROT

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.60 | 3334 ratings

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Walkscore
5 stars Such an original.

The second-best Genesis album (after 'Selling England...') and up there among the most classic and original albums (of all time). The opener, "Watcher of the Skies", is still so impressive musically even after so many years of listening. "Supper's Ready" is the quintessential Genesis epic, moving through a series of different but very musical sections. "Get Em Out by Friday" is among the only overtly-political songs made by Genesis, in this case a cutting attack on the gentrification that was already displacing so many poor people from the core of the city and the tacit support government support for it (via lack of protection against eviction in rent legislation). "Horizon's" is a short feel-good subdued Steve Hackett acoustic guitar tune that sets up the listener well for the epic to follow. The only weaker tracks are "Time Table" and "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" which are not bad, but feel like filler. But luckily they take up less than one-fifth of this 50-minute long album. This album isn't as good as "Selling England" however, in terms of both finesse, continuity and sheer musicality, but of course so few albums are. On balance, I give this one 9.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 5 PA stars. Obviously essential.

Walkscore | 5/5 |

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