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A TRICK OF THE TAIL

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 1801 ratings

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genbanks
5 stars Peter Gabriel was gone, and Genesis demonstrated that Peter wasn't the main songwriter. Even more, with the time we could release that Banks and Rutherford were always the driving force of the band, mostly Banks. So A Trick of the Tail make us not miss Gabriel. In my opinion A Trick? is into the Progressive Top 4 of the band.

Dance in a Volcano: A classical Genesis album beginner. A strong song with a dramatic atmosphere, and a full progressive ending with Banks shining in a classic keyboard solo.

Entangled: A shared effort between Banks and Hackett. Steve provided the verse and Tony the chorus. The fantastic acoustic guitar pattern is pure Hackett quality, and the closing mellotron solo by Banks is superb.

Squonk: A solid track composed by Banks and Rutherford, and sung in a perfect way by Collins. The song rest over a hard bass drum line, over which Ruhterford puts a great guitar riffs complemented by great keyboards melodies.

Mad man moon: Well, that track is into the top ten Genesis ever, unless for me. A Banks masterpiece, in which Collins seems to be the perfect singer, and maybe the only one who could sing this song by this way. A progressive number by every sides. Developed over a complex piano base, with touches of mellotron, the song shines by its melody line which gets into a fantastic chorus, very emotional. Then an instrumental interlude full of piano and keyboards, a Banks trademark.

Robbery, assault and battery: Maybe in an inferior level than the rest. This track, composed by Banks and Collins, gets into a new dimension when the band performs it live, registered in the Seconds out album. The keyboard solo is progressive rock at its best.

Ripples: Another highlight composed by the Genesis masters Banks and Rutherford. Beginning into an acoustic mode the song gets into a great chorus until it flows into an anthological instrumental piece in which the organ and the electric guitar construct a magic passage.

A trick of the tail: The other Banks one. Here we have not instrumentals, but the fantasy lyrics are well fit with the music developing a great atmosphere. Maybe not so prog as the others but I love this track.

Los Endos: The album closes with this Genesis iconic instrumental, composed by the band as a group. Collins suggested to make a track using different parts of other songs of the album. The piece is very original and powerful. The last part is great, in which some suspense precedes the appearance of "Los Endos" in a superb and full orchestra reprise of the Squonk melody. Over the music we can hear a distant Collins singing "there's an angel standing in the sun?" Some said that this was the last farewell to their old mate Peter Gabriel.

genbanks | 5/5 |

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