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TRESPASS

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

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Codera the Great
5 stars After the disappointing results of their baroque/psychedelic pop rock debut release, From Genesis To Revelation, the young band Genesis sought to leave their producer Jonathan King (who will eventually go to prison after spending some "quality time" with five teenage boys, but that's another story :p) behind and seek a complete change in musical direction and philosophy.

Having been inspired by King Crimson's massively influential debut release, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Genesis decided to make an album of their own, based on this new genre known as progressive rock. With six songs ranging from the 4:15 to 9 minute range, and a very folky, mystical sound (with the exception of the aggressive last song, "The Knife"), Genesis have created what I consider my favorite album from them (with Foxtrot as a VERY close second). As a result of the more prominent acoustic guitar usage, the delicately gorgeous keyboards, and some of Peter Gabriel's most haunting flute work to date, Genesis have created an absolutely enchanting and mystical atmosphere that enraptures my mind and senses the moment I immerse myself in the album. The lyrics for each of the songs are some of the best I have heard from the band, as they each tell such wonderful stories that range in many moods, from soft and delicate ("Dusk"), to harsh and cold ("White Mountain"). Despite the youth of the band members at the time of this album's release (late teens - early 20's), they display the maturity of wise old men, as they meticulously craft this album with care and precision, to the point in which each of the six songs are utterly devoid of filler. As a result, every song will want to be listened to, and be placed on repeat for days, as I highly doubt that any of these songs will grow old or boring, even after the next 1,000,000 listens.

The band's change in style from their debut to this album is quite remarkable, reminding me of Ulver's change from a black/folk metal outfit, into more of an avant-garde/electronic outfit (granted I like both styles, but i digress). With the release of Trespass, Genesis begin a long stretch of albums in the 1970's that will spellbind fans throughout the decade... and beyond.

Codera the Great | 5/5 |

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