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"Trespass" is the first Genesis album in which everything came together, while many may disagree with this I believe that it is more or less the truth. The only major difference in the band is the fact that the guitars master Steve Hackett is not present on this recording; instead an equally talented man Anthony Philips features on guitar. I really have to say that I like what he brought to this album, more than once his guitar is what made this album shine out. Also there is no Phil Collins here, which is really the only thing lacking from "Trespass."

Peter Gabriel's voice finds its true sense on the album and his vocals on tracks such as "Stagnation" and "The Knife" really make you think. His more conceptual vocals on "White Mountain" are also noteworthy. Another major development in this album is the customary and unique acoustic guitar melodies which are a defining feature of Genesis for me. I'm pretty convinced that Anthony Philips can be blamed for this.

The album opens with "Looking for Someone" in which Peter Gabriel sings "Looking for Someone, I guess I'm doing that." Such an appropriate line for the opening track of the album. Some more vocals follow with a few lively sections bursting out here with a bit of electric guitar. The song usually dies down to something similar to the beginning of the song. The last two minutes of the peice is pure master work in terms of instrumentalism, very proggy.

"White Mountain" is a conceptual song as far as I'm concerned. It's about foxes and fox hierarchy, it's kind of hard to explain but it seems to be about a fox named One Eye, and another named Fang. I believe this is the song from which the title of the album was derived as there are some references to trespassing and related matters. This is a completely delightful progressive work, trust me you'll love it!

"Visions of Angles" features some very strong vocals and instrumentation, with some nice flute melodies here and there. Its Just an all round great song to put it plainly. There are a handful of melodies which are repeated continuously throughout the song, most of which are very easily caught in one's mind.

"Stagnation" is perhaps my favourite song on "Trespass." It is about a survivor of an atomic explosion. The song is quite mellow with some beautiful acoustic guitar and synthesizer melodies. The quietness of these sections makes the louder sections more meaningful due to the grandeur they possess. My favourite line from the album is on this track "And will I wait forever, beside the silent mirror and fish for bitter minoes besides the weeds and slimy waters."

"Dusk" is a very mellow song and features powerful backing and harmony vocals which gives the song an otherworldly sensation. The song remains relatively the same, very mellow and subtly beautiful.

"The Knife" is a dark and image forging song about what sounds to be a revolution. Everything about this song is perfect, the vocals, instrumentation, guitar solo, everything! Words can't describe the grandeur and brilliance of this song for me its defiantly a Genesis masterpiece. The guitar solo really re affirms Anthony Philips as a masterful guitarist.

What a great album! Seriously this album is the lowest rated of all the Peter Gabriel era Genesis albums but in my opinion it is the best. It's different to later Genesis albums, in a good way. I'd recommend this album to all symphonic prog fans so you may love it like I do.

Australian | 4/5 |


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