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3 stars If only.

If only Anthony Phillips had stayed with the band. Although he had a lighter touch than his replacement, Steve Hackett, here, on the only symphonic prog Genesis album he appeared on, Phillips adds a texture to all of the songs that was missing on most of the Hackett albums. His finger picking and soloing are much more distinctive than Hackett could manage.

And I like John Mayhew's drumming on this album. His snare work and general style remind me of Michael Giles' work on the early King Crimson albums.

The songwriting is not as polished as on the upcoming albums, but it still has many shining moments. At many points, this sounds quite a bit like The Moody Blues albums of the time, helped in that effect by Peter Gabriel's flute, and vocal harmonies, without Phil Collins' Gabriel like voice, that sound eerily like their contemporaries.

The high point is The Knife a dark, powerful number with soaring guitar by Phillips, which outshines most of what the band will ever record later.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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