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4 stars Delicate Orchestration and Romantic Feel

Moving past the quirky, sometime raw feel of The Lamb, Tony Banks dominates with subtle, tasteful orchestrations and beautiful melodies.

True, Steve Hackett is either absent or restrained in many of the mixes (save "Entangled" in which in part his compositional talents and playing are given ample attention). However, the adroit drumming of Mr. Collins, supple bass and guitar of Mr. Rutherford complement the overall sound. David Hentschel's fresh, clean engineering allows the album to breath whereas prior entries in the Genesis oeuvre (Nursery Cryme in particular) felt suffocatingly layered and muffled.

Please do not confuse the "lighter" aspects of the album with "poppy" as assuredly I think no less of Gounod imbuing his endearing lightheartedness in his symphonies. "Trick of the Tail" is catchy yes, but lyrically poignant and musically sublime in a way quite unlike the disturbing sonorities of say "Fly On A Windshield."

This album, in my opinion, cements Edward Macan's notion of Genesis as the "Mozarts of Prog" with their intricate ensemble interplay and Mr. Banks' 18th-century influenced virtuoso stylings.

bdenim | 4/5 |


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