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5 stars Devouring England By The Pound...

My word, what a beautiful album. This has single-handed broke me into Genesis, and with that, all of symphonic prog. Opening with the epic brilliance of Dancing, which has some of the best solo trading, interspersed with melodies that archangels dream of crafting. Speaking of angels, Gabriel has the voice of one. This single song has so many memorable, and evocative sounds that you just want to stop and listen intently. Majestic and bombastic. I recommend buying this album for this track, alone. Although ignoring the other songs would be a pity...

IKWIL (IYW) Is next, and hints at commercial overtones, without losing prog sensibilities, and is a step down from The first track, but still such a great song. The chorus is expertly crafted. Firth of Fifth has some entrancing melodies, and one of my album favorites. More fool me is a short and soft song, and pretty. After the ordeal follows the album suit, and I enjoyed it. The Cinema show is a majestic rapturous finale (well, not counting the DWTMK reprise that is Aisle of Plenty, which is a very beautiful end).

In all, I had never really gotten into symphonic prog, until I gulped this masterpiece down. I concede that this is truly an exemplary album, and I adore it. I highly recommend this to anyone. Five Stars.

Alitare | 5/5 |


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