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5 stars The most recognized albums of Prog Rock Genesis and a widely acclaimed release. Many is willing to agree with the ratings I give this.

It begins with its first Highlight. "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" immediately explains the subject of the album and almost works as a summarize of the whole album. Next is "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)", the track that was inspired by the cover art of Betty Swanson and became their first hit single. The third track is "Firth of Fifth", on of Genesis best songs overall. "More Fool Me" is no doubt the weakest track. If something would have prevented me from giving this album five stars, it would have been this song. Luckily it doesn't destroy that much. Another weaker track is "The Battle of Epping Forest". It is not at all as weak as "More Fool Me" though and it seems as a quite essential part of the album plus it fits good with the subject. Last out are mu own two favourites, "After the ordeal" and "The Cinema Show". Wonderful, extraordinary, words cannot express...etc. I can keep going on using superlatives on these two tracks forever. After "The Cinema Show" comes a short piece of wordplays in "Aisle of Plenty". A reprise of "...Monlit Knight" and a good finale.

This album is really an album and not just a collection of songs. Everything - the sleeve cover, the lyrics and the melodies - fits with the subject of the downfall of british culture that this albums deals with. It makes for a complete package and therefore an even better album, despite its weaker tracks.

Frasse | 5/5 |


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