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5 stars By the time this album was released Genesis were already an established name in progressive rock music, with "Trespass" alerting a few more attentive progressive rock followers, and "Nursery Cryme" further boosting this following, with the aid of new members Steve Hackett and Phil Collins. "Foxtrot" however, was the first Genesis album that really turned heads in the world of rock music. The mellotron intro to the opening track "Watcher of The Skies" is legendary amongst Genesis and prog fans alike, however I disagree, personally thinking that this song is the real weak spot of the album. This however, cannot be said for the second track "Time Table", which is my favourite short song on the album, with it's light instrumental section really leaving Gabriel's vocals to work there magic on the listener. The nect track "Get 'em Out By Friday" is at first glance a lovely sounding prog song with a few intelligently placed aoustic guitar breaks, but upon closer inspection, the listener will realise that besides being instrumentally powerful, the song's lyrics tell a disturbing Orwellian tale of humans being controlled, which i personally find very disturbing. The next track "Can-Utility and The Coastliners" sounds quite similar to "The Musical Box" with a similar timbre and tempo change, although being shorter and frankly, not quite as good. Nonetheless, this is a great example of Genesis' progressive skills, and definitely of better quality than a filler. The penultimate track "Horizons" is a short strings solo from Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford, and because of it's delightful sound and bare timbre, a song I usually think of as being the introduction of the albums final track, "Supper's Ready. "Supper's Ready" is an incredible song indeed, being a benchmark in progressive rock music and an iconic song for Genesis fans. This twenty three minute long epic is the perfect ending to an album, with an incredible amount of musical diversity shown throughout, and a heartwarmingly emotional story accompanying the music. All and all this is a seminal prog album, and a must have for any fan of symphonic prog.
cynthiasmallet | 5/5 |


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