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Anthony Phillips


Symphonic Prog

4.02 | 336 ratings

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3 stars What would have happened had Ant Phillips not left Genesis? THE GEESE AND THE GHOST is the partial answer.

Sure, it features the ex-guitarist of one of our favourite prog bands, but Mike Rutherford and (to an extent) Phil Collins make their appearances here as well. So what I'm saying is that this first try for Phillips has correlations with the first five-odd songs of TRESPASS. Keep in mind when reading that TRESPASS is an album that I've never taken to heart.

Songs like ''Which Way the Wind Blows'' and ''God If I Saw Her Now'' articulate the more delicate facets of what Genesis was when Phillips was in the band, but to a guy interested in a bit more pump to his music, I can't help but drift off during pieces like this. Oddly enough, the segue ''Chinese Mushroom Cloud'' is a stroke of beauty in less than one minute.

The more progressive rock fan has their eyes set on the two extended suite pieces. The ''Henry'' suite can strike comparisons with the rest of the folkier sounding tracks from the album with a little more Medieval fanfare. Somehow, I was never convinced by this track. On the other side of the coin, the title track continues the beauty set by the segue track preceding it, yet beautifully crafted and drawn out. It even has percussion which is noteworthy considering how scarce it is here.

The obvious recommendation is to the fans of the album TRESPASS, as this album has similarities to that with more guitar focus. Those who like a bit of a driving beat or a bouncy feel to the music won't care to much for this. A solid, beautiful effort nevertheless.

Sinusoid | 3/5 |


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