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3 stars Nice tribute.

"It was the guy with a flower round his face which did it. That, or the guy with a fox for a head. Or the one dressed up as Britannia?or maybe even the shapeless mass of bumps, stumps and slurpy noises which appeared midway through the Lamb's liedown and called itself Slipperman"

Those are Dave Thompson's words, and I wanted to start this review with that because it is evident that a band that big, like Genesis, was (and is) the inspiration of a lot of musicians who share music of quality. Of course, one way to thank the amazing work created by our idols is to pay tribute to them. Now, when you see the line-up included in this album called "The Fox Lies Down: A Tribute to Genesis" then you'll understand that this is not a simple band, it is one of the most representative and biggest ones in progressive rock history.

It was curious how I got this album, because I didn't know about its existence, so I once was lurking in a second hand store and all of a sudden saw the title, I immediately took it, and while reading the line-up I did not hesitate and bought it for a really cheap price. Despite here is a mixture of artists and styles, all of them put their grain of sand and added a personal touch to the music, creating diverse and interesting covers of some of the most successful and well recognized Genesis' songs.

Bands and artists such as Brand X, John Wetton, Mother Gong, Daevid Allen, The Flower Kings or Patrick Moraz can be heard here, all of them, as I said above, creating a Genesis song but with their own style. So here you will listen mostly to symphonic prog songs, but also jazz and psychedelic ones, the variety of sound is pretty rich and charming.

The album features eleven songs and a total time of 63 minutes. My favorite moments are "The Carpet Crawlers" by John Ford of the Strawbs; "In the Beginning" by Mother Gong; "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" by Spirits Burning, and "Broadway Melody of 1974" by Controlled Bleeding. Overall I consider this is a pretty good tribute, though it has its lows, like John Wetton's cover of "Your Own Special Way" or "Visions of Angels" by Daevid Allen. Of course it is subjective, so you better listen to them and make your own opinion.

The album is recommendable without a doubt, not really unforgettable, but if you have the chance, but it. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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