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Symphonic Prog

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A Lighthouse Keeper
5 stars And so with god's and men....

Firstly, all I can say is what an album this is is. Considering that this is my first review on the site, I decided that it'd probably be best to start with the album that got me into the genre in the first place (thanks dad). I can truly and justifiably see why this is such a revered and cherished instalment in the Genesis, and in fact the entire genre's, catalogue. And yes, it's just as good as Close to the Edge. Each track is a gem and a shining composition which reflects the virtuosity and talents of each member. That and the fact that this album may indicate to us that they are all, most likely, completely insane. Of course, this is not a flawless album, "More Fool Me" ruptures the pace and flow. Though it is a nice and soothing ballad, it doesn't exactly live up to the brilliance of the other tracks. "Firth of Fifth" is perhaps the album's highlight, a soaring piano introduction form the legendary Tony Banks, followed by a soaring guitar solo from Steve Hackett, possibly his best ever. The flute solo also clearly displays the talents of the legendary Peter Gabriel superbly. "After the Ordeal" is an excellent instrumental addition for the band whilst "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" is one of there all time classics. Despite tackling some, difficult concepts, the brilliant thing about this album is that it never takes itself seriously, it has a Python-esque humour to it, absurdist theatre combined with real and distressing topics. All in all, a masterpiece of an album, not just one of Genesis' or even Prog's greatest albums, but one of the greatest albums ever made. A true masterpiece and a magnificent blend of virtuosity and songwriting. No true Prog fan is complete without this.

A Lighthouse Keeper | 5/5 |


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