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4 stars As you know, this is arguably a top 100 prog album. But, if it contains a masterpiece of progressive music along with undeniably great songs, how could its acclaim be so debatable? Because, my friends, all of the songs are not 'undeniably great'. Let's have a look: Watcher Of The Skies: A most excellent song, in a musical and technical sense. It's all been said before, the Mellotron opening is spectacular and unforgettable. The musicianship is exceptionally tight; but to some it is jerky and disjointed. I thoroughly enjoy the song now, it is a avourite from this album, but on first listen I was horrified. A definite grower. 8/10. Time-Table: I do NOT like this song. In a poppy sense it is wonderful, but would sound more at home on an Elton John album in my opinion. It's definitely not for all Genesis fans. 4/10. Get Em Out By Friday: Ah, here we go. This song is amazing. Marvellous, tight musicianship, fantastic organ work from Tony Banks and brilliant narration-style vocals from Peter. Mike Rutherford's bass playing on this track is outstanding and unbelievably skilled. This is my all-round favourite track on this album, and the one I listen to the most. This really must be heard, honestly. 10/10. Can-Utility and the Coastliners: Most people love this song, but I hate it. To me it seems forced, rushed and disjointed. At 5.45, people call it a mini-epic. I call it terrible. But, I am in the minority, so you should give it a listen. After all, you can probably tell I don't like this album as much as anyone else. 4/10. Horizons: Thoroughly pointless but beautifully played guitar solo by Steve Hackett. Should really have been part of another track to have more of an effect. The album's sole 'folly'. 6/10. Supper's Ready: Well, I can't say much about this track that hasn't been said already. You HAVE to listen to this song even if you listen to no other, as it sums up Genesis' many moods in 23 minutes. Even if you know little about Genesis and have no intention of listening to them, this track must be heard; it will expand your image of progressive rock by many miles. 10/10.

The only reason I have rated this album as highly as I have is because of Supper's Ready. Before that, it would have been 3 stars from me. And trust me, I think this review is reliable because I rarely do negative reviews at all. Enjoy the highlights!

Publius | 4/5 |


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