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TRESPASS

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 1617 ratings

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Jools
4 stars This is one of Genesis's better albums of their whole catalogue, in some ways the heaviest and in others the most delicate. Agreed its naive but thats what makes some some bands' earliest efforts their better ones where as later maturer works (especially in prog) tend to "bland out" and become more mainstream. Similar in style to the first King Crimson album, yet more whimsical and with less mellotron (Its in the credits but I can't hear any at all!). The 12 string acoustic sound is prevalant here and gives Tresspass a really ethereal folky beauty in contrast to the occasional heavy distorted passages. Some have said they wish it included Phil Collins and Steve Hackett, I say that, yes it may have been as good an album, but completely different and not product that it ended up, and so this incarnation of the band was the best personnell for the job. Its worth noting that John Mayhew, the drummer here, although he was sacked after this album, is really good, just not quite as good as Phil Collins turned out to be. The follow up Nursery Cryme is just like Tresspass 2 with padding and just, in my opinion, not as good as this gem. An amazing and important part of the earliest progressive years.
Jools | 4/5 |

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