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Symphonic Prog

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5 stars Although here on this site "Selling England by the Pound" gets the highest scores, and I admit it is another five stars album, I have to say that, even though I'm severely confused about which of the two is better, I think I will pick "Foxtrot" for the winner (but again with little difference).

In terms of the genre of symphonic prog, this album is probably one the best examples (along with the previously mentioned "Selling England by the Pound" and probably some of the Yes albums, like "Close to the Edge", for example). The work shown here includes lots of organ tunes (something I'm not used to and I have to say that Banks' work here is simply outstanding), subtle touchs of piano, flute (again in a quite unusual way). Pieces of this can be found in the first tracks, like "Watcher of the skies" or "Time Table". Surprisingly enough Hackett's guitars fit in the puzzle flawlessly, and contributes to give richness to the compositions. We can even find an entirely based guitar song in "Horizons", a really short legend by itself. And, to finish, we have another classic, one of the best epics probably composed, "Supper's ready", a song that should be listened again and again if we want our ears to get used to pure musical nirvana (maybe I'm exaggerating, but this song has really gotten into me). In this epic we can find a collage of all the musical work shown in the rest of the album. As a final note, Peter Gabriel's voice contributes to give the cake an special and personal flavour, like in the rest of the albums where he was in charge of vocals. So sad he left, really.

So, maybe those who are afraid of the 'rock dinosaurs' are prone to avoid records like this. The only thing I have to say about it is that they don't know what they are missing. Even myself I had not listened to records of this kind until recently and I had no problem in enjoying them. And this is one of my favourites, for sure.

shyman | 5/5 |


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