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A TRICK OF THE TAIL

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.28 | 2545 ratings

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FalconBleck
5 stars #9 Review

Once Peter Gabriel left, the band kept searching and they ultimately decided for Phil Collins to be the lead... poor guy, he never wanted to leave the drums, but his voice eventually overshadowed his drums skills on the people wich is sad, but what can you do when you are very talented at 2 things? Not only that, but probably one of the best for the 2 jobs but one of those omits the other?

Well, the band continued and released a pretty aweosome album that i discovered because of a friend of an uncle who is having a hard time now at the hospital, hope that he gets well soon and i must thank him, this album is aweosome and because of those Peter Gabriel fanboys is because i never wanted to listen to this on the first place, i was pretty influenced by them when i started with Genesis, and i must tell everybody, listen to nobody, not even to me if you want, you just need to experience Genesis in its totality and i hope that you and everybody can realize what Genesis is all about, that's why i am here.

As always, i'll be reviewing per song.

1.- Dance on a Volcano 10/10 This song is pretty aweosome, it does almost everything right, the rythms, the time signatures, the atmosphere, the sound... everything is great here... How can i say that is an special song other than it is perfectly made? Well, really nice drumming and crazy "drop" of the instruments at the end.

2.- Entangled 10/10 If you want to listen to this, put your lights at minimum, making a glowy orange scene in your bedroom, make the room be filled with darkness also and look up in the window at night, watch for the rooftops and imagine childrens runing up there, it's a magical night where only the silhouette of the childrens can be seen while the moon washes the colors of the roofs, and you want to be there, as a child, to relive those inocent times that you never had because you were listening to prog alone at your room, you don't regret it, but you cry because you never had a social experience and now... you're tired and ill. That's how i feel, i love this song and i'd like to animate it or something, i want to share how i feel with somebody, maybe that's why i write reviews.

Pretty well done atmospherics by everybody here, and there's not a single piece of drums being played, only sweet Phil singing.

3.- Squonk 9/10 Nicely done kind of badass song, a little repetitive and because of that i sometimes forget that i'm listening to it, but still sports a nice rythm. I have another minor problem with this song, and that one is that in the ending, i would've liked for them to continue, i investigated and found that the ending overlaps infinitely, so they never composed something more to finish the song? Weird, i guess some of those ideas went into the most famous unreleased song from this album. Shoutouts to the singing, again but in a different way.

4.- Mad Man Moon 9/10 This song was perfect!! But the dumb lyrics in some parts had to rest 1 point. This song is really melancholic, here the spotlight is Tony Banks, he plays an incredible piece at half the song where it sounds like something that could be played whilst watching one of those Georges Méliès silent movies, it really takes away into a different reality and i love it. So the instrumentals are perfect here, the lyrics not, and it's hard for me to give it a point less because i mostly focus in instrumentals, but the lyrics really do take apart the illusion, it happens at the second half of the song, it is the singing or the lyrics tho?

5.- Robbery, Assault and Battery 10/10 At first i wasn't very fond of this song, but then after some re-listens, i just love it, it sports a lot of interesting and uniques things here, a funny story, but then an incredible aweosome odd time signature, this is one of the best Genesis songs to showcase odd time signatures. Shoutouts to everybody here because everyone got it's time to shine in this song.

6.- Ripples 10/10 Should i say something? This song has made everybody cry atleast once, because it's a pretty song, really sad and melancholic but then it gets pretty emotional and near the end there is one of the most epic solos i have heard, when i first listened to this, there was nothing toping that part and i edited the song so i could loop that part as far as i wanted, i really love that part. But the song in it's entirety is another one like Entangled with almost no drums, until the chorus and the solo tho. Shoutouts to Steve Hackett and Tony Banks, my favorite music couple... maybe.

7.- A Trick of the Tail 10/10 The title trick, i mean track, it's a somewhat short song, with really interesting lyrics, and a really sticky rythm, this song may be a little repetitive, but it gets stuck pretty easy in the head and the lyrics really get inside of my mind and i don't get distracted, i concentrate the whole song, and if i distract for some reason, the chorus hooks me up pretty fast. So in this one is a shoutouts to the lyrics.

8.- Los Endos 10/10 The final song that closes it all with just almost repeating all the songs in the albums with an incredible showcase of talent from Phil Collins on drums and everybody also, but the drums in a really special way. This song is really well executed and i'm glad that in concerts they have come back to this song multiple times, it represents the album well.

All in all the final score is a 98/100, wich obviusly translates to 5 stars, i recommend this album to EVERYBODY.

FalconBleck | 5/5 |

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