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FOXTROT

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.61 | 2553 ratings

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The T
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5 stars Well, I tried, I tried hard enough not to give this album a 5 star rating... At that time I didn't like Gabriel's vocals that much.... I've always thoght Genesis to be too quiet at times....I don't know, I just couldn't GET Genesis...even their much-admired Selling England by the Pound didn't completely work for me... and, besides, every other reviewer has given this album a high rating....so off course I tried to be the dissonant key in the score.... you see, it's really easy to find fault in any record, even the best ones...

...I couldn't.

This album is a masterpiece.... Now, don't get me wrong: I think it's impossible for an album to be flawless (as in NO FLAWS at all)... but when we give 5 stars to one, it's because it's almost there, or because the music is so great that we let go any minor complaint we could have....

What else can I add besides my feelings for the record, if there are already like 300 reviews that described the music and each of the songs? Well, almost nothing. just why i consider each song a great achievent....

Watcher Of The Skies (9/10), a marching-like rock tune, very upbeat, with a fantastic, quiet but fantastic intro (one of the best in prog)...you really get the idea of being in the clouds... watcher of the skies...

Time Table (9/10), another fantastic track.. a lovely piano introduction sets the stage for one of Gabriel's better moments (and the one that finally did it for me).... a great, outstanding melodic chorus, a cry for help against the forces of...stupidity

Get 'Em Out By Friday (9/10), a marvelous track if only for the screenplay-like lyirics, and excellent lyrics at that! The irony that Genesis had when dealing with many subjects was a main factor in their greatness... here power crushes the weak... forced to leave home...forced to sell... and when that is done, forced to..dissapear? Dealing with corporate power and genetics at that point in time...Great...the song has a quiet interlude that fits the music and lyrics very well...

Can-Utility And The Coastliners (10/10), an acoustic, mellow track, with Gabriel turning dramatic but keeping the singing part very much alive...the acoutic interlude signals the start of a much more powerful, really hard-rock energetic part...the mood quiets down and Gabriel reappears, only to fade before a great keyboard statement in full force, with a clever bass solo by Rutherford in between....perfect

Horizons (10/10), maybe insignificant, maybe too short, but for the few seconds that it last, Hackett does a wonderful job of melody acoustic guitar playing here.... it's simple, yes....but is it? Such a heart-filling melody, sad melody, played with so much feeling, make for a great interlude before...

...Supper's Ready (10/10), not only Foxtrot's best song but THE epic by Genesis...what an amazing song (or suite of songs)....this is the one I tried to find fault within in order to give this album less than 5 stars...but not...the first section is Genesis' best EVER....wonderful, wonderful....the dialogue between the acoustic guitar and Banks' piano is nothing short of breathtaking... if this song would've ended after this, it would've still got a 10 by me... but not...The second, mellotron driven section, leads to another acoustic-at-first, hard-rockin'-second part....Collins marching rhythm is so simple yet effective...the fourth section is the quieter one...you can barely hear it, but nis beautiful, so soft, so classy, just a few keyboard chords and Gabriel almost whispering (Hogarth learned from this I tell you)...the fifth section is has the use, for just a few measures, of Gabriel's recorded voice at double speed... the noise calms down and another ethereal, pastoral-like moment arrives, with Gabriel playing a pretty little tune in flute over guitars...GREAT, JUST GREAT!!.... Finally, another powerful, fat-chords section starts in crescendo...the music grows restless...every musician plays at his best...Gabriel reappears yelling a little, with good dramaticism...the melody form the begininng makes his return... the song ends...musical Climax is reached...

For the few of you who still haven't read any review of this album, for the more of you who don't own this record yet, for you only, my advice:

GET IT. NOW.

And learn. Learn why this band is so loved.

I just did.

The T | 5/5 |

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