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4.16 | 2125 ratings

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4 stars Oh yes, the often overlooked and underated Trespass album.

I find this album to be rather good. It was one of the first Genesis albums that I bought back in the day. I am from that generation that was used to Genesis being a pop band, being a teenager in the 1980's. When I found out from a friend that they used to be progressive, I was like "WHAT??" I then got turned on to Genesis, borrowing Nurcery Cryme and Foxtrot from a friend, which was otherworldly and VERY different than the aweful pop stuff that I heard all over the radio all the time. I was impressed enough to give them a chance and bought both albums.

Then I bought Trespass, and none of my friends had Trespass, so I knew NOTHING about it or what to expect. It was a little more folk-oriented than the proggy albums I already had, but it didn't bother me. I found that it was flowing more, as an album, than Nurcery Cryme did. Trespass along with Foxtrot remains as their more flowing and consistent records, with no really bad songs on them. I was mesmerized by Gabriels vocals on this album right from the opening words: "Looking for someone.." I was hooked, and it really didn't let go until the end of "The Knife" Peter Gabriels voice & lyrics is superb all the way through this album, and sometimes he reminds me of Syd Barret from Pink Floyd, both in his choice of words and his whimsical and playful way of singing. I noticed that both Collins and Hackett were abcent from this record, but it didn't bother me that much.

"Looking For Someone" is just stunning, and one of my favorites on the album. I love the feel & sound of the whole thing. Gabriels voice is superb, the drumming is great, and Banks are just on fire with his classical playing throughout. Prog classic.

"White Mountain" is little more up tempo. It's not a bad track at all, but not the best track either. I like the organ playing here, it gives the impression that the whole song is rushing on, constantly on the move. I love the quiet in between- parts were the flute and acoustic guitars comes in.

"Visions Of Angels" is a more epic song, with a great chorus with lots of Mellotron and choirs in the back. One of my favorites on the album. Epic ending.

"Stagnation" is also one of my favorites. A more lush and folky one, with many parts and different moods. Some of Gabriels singing parts reminds me very much of Syd Barret here, and that's a good thing, at least for me. Great song from beginning to end.

"Dusk" is nice enough, but not one of my favorites. Its got some nice, lush harmony vocal sections.

"The Knife" is a great prog song, and a great way to end the album! Nice grooves with Hammond Organ alond with groovy drums. Great dramatic vocals throughout the song, with some distorted effect on them, maybe sung throuh a fuzz-box? A dramatic conclution to a great album.

4,5 stars for a nearly perfect album.

Moonstone | 4/5 |


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