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TRESPASS

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

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SentimentalMercenary
4 stars And so it all begins

Since I see Genesis as the first genuine and true progressive rock band, it seems fitting that I shall review their first (worthwhile) album first.

No question, Trespass is a great album that still stands the test of time. Its music was purely original, and remains unique by the fact that it seems almost impossible to trace significant influences behind it, making it an entirely original work. All in all, in retrospect, Genesis with Trespass, along with perhaps King Crimson, mostly invented symphonic/melodic progressive rock - the classical music of our time - by integrating various movements into coherent, long ensembles which capture the mind and the imagination.

Like many others have said, Trespass was a good indication of wha wast in Genesis' future. Whereas it offers excellent material and six very good songs, it also shows signs of a still juvenile band with plenty of potential for whom the best is still to come. Peter Gabriel was still not at his peak, both vocally and lyrically, but was already setting himself apart from the rest. The same could be said of the band's musicians, as well as of the whole band's creative genius.

A strong opener with Looking for Someone. Followed by White Mountain, my favourite track next to The Knife, which especially has both a penetrating opening and ending. The middle part of the album, comprising Visions of Angels, Stagnation and Dusk, is a series of smooth and atmospheric melodies, somewhat similar but at the same time different from each other. The album closes with the classic The Knife, a darker and more energetic song which, in my opinion, can still easily sway unaware listeners thirty years after its release.

Trespass was to set the stage for a series of masterpieces which were to make history.

SentimentalMercenary | 4/5 |

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