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5 stars No fillers, as usual...

From beginning to end, this one even tops SEBTP. It was the first album I'd heard from them (apart from occasional classic radio standards), and surely still the best of all their catalog.

First: you don't have to listen to Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford sneaking to the studio through the back door in the middle of the night (when the rest are apparently sleeping) to record a simplistic and boring pop song like "More Fool Me", which they probably threw in the LP behind everybody's back.

Second: Horizons is probably the one and only contribution in songwritting the great Steve HACKETT aported to Genesis (they probably heard "Fragile" and thought "maybe we should Steve compete with the other Steve, since the other did that Mood For A Day thing"). Simple yet beautiful; apparently it's a reworking of a composition for cello by Bach.

Third: SUPPER'S READY. practically puts Close To The Edge to shame with all of it's seriousness, and it's a demonstration that an epic doesn't have to be ULTRA-SERIOUS to be great (although I enjoy "The Revealing Science Of God" much more than "Close To The Edge", as far as I've listened from Yes). Tied with Lizard as one of the best epics ever made in progressive rock.

Fourth: The rest of the album holds attention in every way: from the amazingly bombastic "Watcher Of The Skies", through the mellower and pretty "Time Table", the humorous "Get 'Em Out By Friday" with some baroque sparks in the bridge and a PA announcement about shrinking mankind to fit more into one building, and the mellotron exercise in "Can-Utility and the Coastliners"; everything glitters here (and of course the aforementioned Horizons... or "Horizon's" as it is mispelled).

In conclusion: THE MASTERPIECE. a must-have for every "prog" fan.

Chus | 5/5 |


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