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FOXTROT

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.61 | 2492 ratings

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BillyShears
5 stars I think Foxtrot represents the moment in which Genesis understood their own potential. Nursery Cryme is surely a masterpiece. But the quality shown in Foxtrot is something pretty close to perfection. The songs are organized in kind of magic way, and the naivety of Nursery Cryme and Trespass turns into a complex/romantic/weird awareness of every single moment. Musically it really represent a step forward. And lyrically too.

1) Watcher Of The Skies' legendary Melltron intro sets the scene for a great apocalyptic scenarios. Music is so much violent but never turns into hard rock cliché (s. "The Knife").

2) Time Table is the demonstration that Progressive music has got to be sweet sometimes. And I think that creating a sweet melodic tune in a Progressive way is one of the most difficult things to do for a Progressive Band. Epic Lyrics.

3) Get 'Em Out By Friday shows Gabriel's fantasy in distopian matters. Just like a The Lamb prelude. Drawing reality and mankind's basic instinct ("Mors tua, vita mea") separating the Marxist layers of society. Wolves and lambs. Musically great, ritmically outstanding. Collins "controtempos" are so much clever!

4) Can Utility and the Coastliners is a little pearl. Nobody really knows how this song could be wonderful. Probably non so well recorded, according to Tony and Mike's biographies. Great lyrics by Steve Hackett!

5) Horizons is the best filler ever existed on Earth. Great influence by Bach Sonata in G. Class, elegance and pathos.

6) Supper's Ready IS the masterpiece. Conceived as a filler (!?!??!?!) it started to take a proper shape in the end of Foxtrot's sessions. Musically outstanding, lyrically PERFECT. There are so many references from Qabbalah (FOX-trot... take a look at Ghematria!), myth, literature, holy stuff and magic. All this shaken to make the greatest progressive piece of music of all time. Spending too much words for this number would be ridicolous. You'd better buy the record and play it again and again.

See you folks!

Peace!

BillyShears | 5/5 |

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