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4 stars How did you feel after hearing the news Gabriel had left the band?? I wasn't there, but I imagine fans of Genesis being quite devastated. It's over? Genesis is no longer?? I mean, the band may continue, but there's no way they can carry on the same without Peter? This must have been the thoughts of many.

Like I said, I wasn't there, but I'm sure this is the way I would've felt. After knowing only of Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, SEBTP, Lamb Lies Down and such, there's no way I would have had any confidence in the bands new releases. Actually, this is the way I felt. However, almost 30 yrs later, Genesis being brand new to me. But, I know, if the news was current, meaning, in 1976, I would have taken it a lot harder.

It took me a while to finally take this album for a spin. A lot like Yes's Going for the One, I was skeptical at first and weary of a letdown. When I finally did, I was awestruck, seriously. Now, you have to consider my rather low expectations. So, when I say awestruck, I'm not saying I felt the same way after listening to A Trick Of The Tail, than Foxtrot, for example. A Trick Of The Tail barely, barely skips a beat transitioning from a Gabriel led Genesis to a Collins led Genesis. The album is near flawless. It doesn't have the sheer epic ness of Foxtrot, but many don't, so, it's really a non issue. Like most Genesis albums, it has fast and loud parts and very soft and melodic parts; lyrically amazing as well. Squonk is a popular favorite (rightfully so), but I really enjoy Ripples. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would. This is a must have for any fan of Genesis. Also, an excellent addition to any collection, but I wouldn't go as far to say it's a must.

Kix | 4/5 |


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