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5 stars Sweet smilling Cynthia raised her mallet high and gracefully removed Henry's head.

That's what it felt like listening to this album. I feel like I have no head. This album is a fantastic display of progressive music.

The Musical Box, is easily, one of Genesis's best songs. It's obviously one of their most recognizable songs. Everyone remembers Peter Gabriel clutching the microhpone stand as if it was another human being. The beginning is obviously slow, creating this weird mood, with the help of Gabriel's story telling voice. Then the hard rock begins to start, that's when Steve Hackett pulls the rabbit out of the hat. His soloing was SO ahead of its time. His techniques were so different. Then it shuts down again to explain the story of the old man. Then the band comes in blazing again. Phil Collins drumming is so...different. In a good way of course, his playing style is so unorthodox it baffles me occasionally. Then, like a angel descending from heaven, the hammond organs come in. They almost bring a tear to my eye, they're so beautiful. Then the classic Gabriel line WHY DON'T YOU TOUCH ME!?, then the classic soloing from Hackett. This is eloquent, beautiful and epic. This is a pinnacle of progressive music. (10/10)

For Absent Friends, reminds me a little bit of a church song. Very memorable. (9/10)

The Return Of The Giant Hogweed, starts off pretty heavy (for Genesis) with a unison between Banks and Hackett. Then the song goes off into this story of a plant like animal brought back from the Russian Hills, by a Victorian Explorer. Then the plant began to kill anyone that touched it and then multiplied. Like some sort of science fiction story. Prominent hammond organs and great guitar playing make this one a great listen. (9/10)

Seven Stones, should've been on Trespass, it's so quiet and eloquent. The song is pretty basic, other than grandiose vocals and great flute playing from Gabriel. (8.5/10)

Harold The Barrel, I found rather interesting, a little bit funky. I really liked it, it looks like it took all of the British Invasion style songs and melded them into one. Very quirky. (9/10)

Harlequin, I found somewhat repetitive, but the singing is so beautiful, I began to like it. (8.5/10)

The Fountain Of Salmacis, returns with this beautiful Mellotron beginning. It just strikes my heart, it's so beautiful. Like an orchestra, these guys are pure genius. When the song gets intricate with the hammond organ blaring in your eyes and the guitar ringing, I noticed something. Phil Collins turned off his snare. Great move, it sounds great. These guys are geniuses in every way you look at it. The song ends a little like the Musical Box, but I liked this ending much better. (10/10)

These guys were ahead of their time in these regards. Symphonic Prog bands of the time wren't releasing records of this grandioseness and cleverness. I really have come to fall in love with these guys, they're all geniuses. Creatively, they work like an orchestra, they feed off of each other's energy. 5 stars.

Treasure | 5/5 |


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