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5 stars Second best Genesis output ("Foxtrot" is the first) and one of the 10 essential prog-albums.

I am really sure that the trilogy "Nursery Cryme-Foxtrot-SEBTP" will be studied intensely by many people, in the next 100 or 200 years to come. Even today the focus is ever-growing; they will last forever.

In "Selling England By The Pound" all band members were at their peaks as artists and musicians and the final result is almost perfect.

Aside the prog-classics other songs run splendidly, even the sometimes despised 'The battle of Epping Forest', thanks to the flawless production, the great lyrics and specially the skilful musicianship of the quintet. Best songs are:

'Dancing with the moonlit knights', the superb opening with Gabriel singing like doing a prayer. Keyboards and guitars are awesome, also worthy are the sundry themes heard.

'Firth of Fifth', a refined piece, soft and ellegant. Piano intro provides a great moment but vocals and guitar solo part are also amazing.

'The cinema show', is bucolic and poetic, the apparent calmness hiding a big fire inflamed by the ensuing synth solo, all being relieved by the quiet 'Aisle of plenty', a precious one.

'I know what I like', the first Genesis top-chart song is funny and pleasant. Great drumming, odd vocal solo, fair arrangements and exquisite flute compound a very interesting and hearable song.

Doubtlessly a great work; rating is obvious: 5.

Atkingani | 5/5 |


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