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5 stars This is the sophomore effort by the 70's Prog Giants known as Genesis. This album is a huge leap forward when compared to their debut "From Genesis to Revelation". They decided to leave Jonathan King and they signed with Charisma.The band went through a change with its line-up, they decided to acquire John Mayhew who has a few really good moments drumming on this recording but he would soon be replaced by a man named Phil. The bands line-up consisted of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips, and the aforementioned John Mayhew. Like I posted a little earlier this album was a huge leap forward for Genesis who now sounded like a full blown Progressive Rock Band(wow at the tender age of 21 or 22 something like that). I love that album art work better than the first album cover and I like the music more than I do the first album. Here is the low down on this album. I will review the mother out of it and dissect the best that I can.

Here is the track listing:

1. Looking For Someone- The album opens up with an almost a capella from Pete, he belts out "Looking For Someone" then quickly the song gains in dynamics, I love the guitar from Anthony on this piece(he's got some emotion in playing it!!), Peter delivers the vocals with emotion. I love the drumming, guitar and just the whole song really. It builds up in intensity as it goes. This is really the first time that we hear Genesis change tempos in the same song. Listen for Pete's flute also and how it plays with Anthony's guitar playing. The song is just great. I get the chills from that organ that Tony plays. I highly recommend this song if you want to hear an early prog jam from Genesis.10/10

2. White Mountain-This one starts off rather eerie and creepy and then it builds up, If this doesn't give you chills I don't know what will. It kind of reminds of when King Crimson does something good like Cirkus(this song came out first though, say what!!!!!!!!!!). It is a rather creepy piece that has Prog rock written all over it(20 years old, really they sound like seasoned vets!!!!!!!). It goes through many time signature changes and it's a treat I'm now seeing it. I'll admit this song didn't please me at first but then one day the light switch turned on(Aha!). Great song. 10/10

3. Visions Of Angels-This piece has a good piano from Tony Banks but it suffers like In The Court Of The Crimson King with it's somewhat repetitive nature(I think they flat out ripped the "Ahh's from King Crimson, why do that Genesis why??), though I do like Tony's piano playing on this song.Unlike In The Court this song has some power(for some 20 somethings, wow!!!). I also like the organ that Tony plays but like I said it suffers from it's somewhat repetitive nature. It's not as repetitive as In The Court and most definitely better than it (say what!!!). The song is still good though not perfect 8/10

4. Stagnation- I love this one it's probably a tie between this one and another song on this album(I will soon be talking about that one, hehehe) It's one of those songs that takes you on a musical journey. It starts off rather slowly but it picks in intensity as it goes along. I love Tony's keys on this piece(I think that it elevates this piece and takes it to another dimension!!!!!!).Like I said it picks up and then we ascend into musical oblivion and bliss with that organ(oh my!!). It ends triumphantly.This is yet another example of a prog gem from early Genesis.Everything is spot on in this piece(Peter plays the flute, what really!!!)Highly recommended. 10/10

5. Dusk-I really don't have much to say about this song it's my least favorite on the album though it does have some rather tasty guitar passages and delicate vocals from the band. It's a decent song just nothing that I've been too excited about. 7/10

6. The Knife- Now we reach my personal favorite song on the album and I'm talking about of course The Knife(hahahaha).What to say about this almost sounds like Heavy Metal in particular Black Sabbath(listen to that organ, wow!!!!! Tony was on top of his game here, hehehe).And for me as a metalhead I love that. I'm headbanging like crazy to this song. You thought 21st Century Schizoid Man was crazy you haven't heard anything yet!!!!!!. It goes through so many time signature changes. The guitar solos are Iommi-esque(What!!!). Don't forget about the intricate playing of everyone in the band. John Mayhew was great on this album(though he did repeat a few drum patterns and would soon be replaced but so what he played well!!!). The song crushes you and disturbs you at the same time(We are only wanting freedom, We are only wanting freedom, does someone say "batter over their heads!!!, what!!!!). It's an extremely violent song that makes King Crimson sound like Britney Spears(hehehe). I love this f****** song so much, it's like Prog Metal(hey that my username almost, hehehe). The best song here in my opinion. 10/10

Overall this album gets a 55/60 which out of 10 would mean 9. 9 out of 10 or 4.5. out of 5 but because it has 4 great songs out of 6 I will give this album five stars. Peace out!!

ProgMetaller2112 | 5/5 |


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