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Trespass is a youthful, romantic album that brings Genesis to a new level.

After the innocent sounding debut album, Genesis take a brave step forward with "Trespass", by some considered one of the best albums of the band. This happens also to be the album thanks to which Genesis started to gain the fame and respect they had when releasing all the other magical albums that follow.

"Trespass" is not exactly melodic in it's nature: it is quite distant from Yes' "Time And Word" where the main focus is the melody. Genesis' release is much more reliant on atmosphere and musicianship, and the music is much more Progressive in it's nature than Yes would be until the "Yes Album" or even "Close To The Edge". In this particular album, I sense much more romanticism than any other Genesis album, which makes it unique in not only sound but also overall feeling: Peter Gabriel is here more nostalgic than ever, and the lyrics are as well representing the era of the new youth, confused about the great rushes of life. What is noticeable however, is the almost amateurish musicianship, very loose, and sometimes I can't help feeling that it needed adjustments in order to capture the actual moods the band wanted to deliver with that piece. However Progressive is something that is not about technicality exclusively, and this album in my opinion proves it elegantly.

Songs like "Looking For Someone", "White Mountain", "Vision Of Angels", are a great example of that atmosphere this band has accomplished with "Trespass". However, there is melody as well, like in the heavy times of "The Knife" or even the most wonderful song off the album, "Dusk", the shortest but definitely the most haunting.

This sophomore LP gained a whole lot for Genesis, and helped the process of creating masterpieces such as the following albums. "Trespass" may just be darn close in being essential for understanding the development of the great Prog Rock bands in their earlier days.

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