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4 stars In 1970, Genesis got rid of Jonathan King and struck out on their own until The Famous Charisma Label, and specifically Tony Stratton-Smith, and got signed to the label and would become their most famous and successful band for years. They released their first album with Charisma, Trespass. At first, I didn't really get this album or really like it, except for The Knife, but after a while, I got it and think it's a great album. Anthony Phillips dominates this album and if you hear his solo stuff after this album, you will hear the similarities, particularly on the more acoustic based tracks. John Mayhew on the drums does an admirable job but is no Phil Collins, but enough of that, lets get to the songs.

Looking for Someone: I might be a minority, but this sounds like it could fit on From Genesis to Revelation but that's just my opinion. It starts with Gabriel's vocals at the front and kind of erupts and simmers the whole track. It feels like the bridge from FGTR to this album. It has become a favorite of mine.

White Mountain: Has a journey feel to the song in that it either takes you somewhere or will tell you a story. I love the acoustic guitars on this song, Ant and Mike always worked well together in the acoustic area(Listen to The Geese and the Ghost for further proof). It's a quite well made track but can get lost in the shuffle.

Visions of Angels: Quite an underrated song from this album. I like the chorus of this song really well, I hope it's the chorus at least LOL. This has a Hymn kind of feel to it and can get quite bombastic in areas but is one of my favorites. Always love Banks organ playing.

Stagnation: This is THE Journey song, if there ever was one. Tony and Ant dominate this song but mainly Tony. He does some excellent keyboard work and has been played, in small doses, by Genesis for years to come.

Dusk: The shortest song on the album, but not the weakest. Pure acoustic but hints at Nursery Cryme with the lyrics. Well made, but not much to say

The Knife: The Tour de Force of the album. It sticks out like a sore thumb, but it leaves quite the impact on you. From the heavy opening to the deathly middle part to the loud climax, it is a work of art and has a The Nice feel, which Tony was going for, and is still a favorite song in the fans.

Overall, not the easiest or hardest Genesis album to get into but one of their more underrate d albums. Give it a listen. 4 Stars. Highlights: Looking for Someone, Visions of Angels, Stagnation and The Knife

criticdrummer94 | 4/5 |


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